Survey: Democrats and Republicans Divided on Critical Threats and Foreign Policy

Results of the 2020 Chicago Council Survey, released today, reveal a striking divide between Democrats and Republicans on the critical threats facing the country and preferred US foreign policy approaches. Democrats see global challenges such as COVID-19 and climate change as the most threatening and favor an internationalist, cooperative approach to foreign policy. In contrast, Republicans regard traditional security challenges such as China’s rise and international terrorism as the biggest threats facing the country, and they prefer a more nationalist, self-reliant foreign policy.

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A Global Welcome: Metro Chicago's Approach to Immigrant Inclusion

In recognition of Welcoming Week, a new Council report argues "cities are at the forefront of innovative approaches to solving global challenges, and Chicago is well positioned to collect new ideas from around the world and implement them locally. In turn, the city and region can elevate its leadership on the global stage as a bold city taking on cutting-edge policies and providing services and opportunities for all who choose Chicago as their home."

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Listen: There’s Still Hope for Ending Hunger

An unprecedented hunger crisis is looming as the world grapples with COVID-19, the global economic downturn, stark inequality, and fractured political relationships. But 10 years after the launch of the US government’s Feed the Future program, USAID’s Jim Barnhart joins Deep Dish to explain why there’s still hope for eradicating hunger within this generation.

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LIVE STREAM: Defense Priorities for a New Decade

The America in 2020 series kicks off with Boston University’s Andrew Bacevich and former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Christine Wormuth on how the US should prioritize defense spending and where it should deploy troops and other military assets.

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Sharp Partisan Differences Now Exist on Foreign Policy, Views of American Exceptionalism

"In the past, foreign policy differences between the parties were often at the margins," the Washington Post reports. "Today they are wider than at any time in recent memory, a gap that has reached new levels under President Trump. The council's annual survey underscores the degree to which these conflicting views set up a stark choice in the November election between the nationalistic doctrine favored by Trump and the more traditional, collaborative strategy espoused by Democratic nominee Joe Biden."

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Two New Polls Show the Damage Trump Has Done to US Foreign Policy

"A new survey out Thursday from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs offers some heartening news by showing that most Americans reject Trump’s isolationist, protectionist policies," Max Boot writes in the Washington Post. "Sixty-two percent say that the lesson of covid-19 is that we need to 'coordinate and collaborate with other countries to solve global issues.'"

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The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed how people live and work in cities and deepened racial, social, and economic inequities. Join the Council, the Financial Times, and global leaders for a discussion on how local governments must adapt.

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