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As Nuclear Clock Ticks, US Public Prefers Diplomacy with Iran

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

While the public would prefer diplomacy with Iran, they are not taking more aggressive options off the table.

World leaders gather at a table in Vienna for talks to resume the JCPOA.
Reuters
Public Opinion

Americans Split on Military Aid to Israel, Say Political Status Quo Unacceptable

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

Ahead of Prime Minister Bennett's first visit to Washington, Council data show partisan divides on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, support for a Palestinian state, and more.

Israel Prime Minister Bennett
REUTERS
Public Opinion

Disappointed in Rouhani, Iranians Seek a Different Sort of Leader in June Elections

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

New indirect talks between the United States and Iran on a return to the Iran deal could help the outlook for a moderate candidate in the next election.

a man in Iran on elections
REUTERS
Public Opinion

Iranians and Americans Support A Mutual Return to JCPOA

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

A joint Council and IranPoll survey shows that although Iranian and American public support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action has waned over time, there is still sizable backing for it in both countries.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meets with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi in Tehran, Iran February 21, 2021.
REUTERS
Public Opinion

Cooperation or Coercion? The Views of US Opinion Leaders on Foreign Policy Approaches

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

The 2020 Chicago Council on Global Affairs-University of Texas at Austin survey explores to what extent Democratic, Republican, and Independent foreign policy professionals support Biden’s international agenda.

Image of the White House
David Strickler
Global Economy, Trade and Business

Conflict-Related Sexual Assault—Historic Barriers to International Recognition

RESEARCH
Working Paper by Nicole Mattea

This working paper further explains the recent emergence of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) into international discourse and preventative strategies.

A woman in a stands outside the Women's Centre in Balukhali camp March 6, 2018.
UN Women/Allison Joyce
Women and Girls

Majority of Iranians Oppose Development of Nuclear Weapons

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

Nationwide surveys conducted by IranPoll show that although Iranians say their country should not develop nuclear weapons, they have lost confidence in the nuclear agreement.

Flag of Iran
David Sandoz
Defense and Security

American Public Support for US Troops in Middle East Has Grown

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

A Chicago Council survey completed January 10–12 shows that as tensions with Iran have risen, Americans see an increased need to keep watch over the Middle East by maintaining a troop presence there.

A US soldier in Afghanistan.
Reuters
Public Opinion

Considering a Soil Initiative for Africa

RESEARCH
Policy Brief by David Nielson

This paper diagnoses the challenges faced by governments, international organizations and research institutions in mitigating and reversing the decline of soil quality in Africa.

Workers unload a truck of harvested cassava roots.
Food and Agriculture

Americans Feel Less Safe after Killing of Soleimani

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

Results of a Chicago Council Survey find that more Americans think the January 3 drone strike that killed Iranian Quds Force Commander Quasem Soleimani has made the United States less safe.

Blackhawk helicopter taking off from an operating base.
Reuters
Public Opinion