China Not Yet Seen as a Threat by the American Public

As the United States and China continue to engage in the tit-for-tat trade war, the Trump administration is raising alarms more broadly about the threat China poses to the United States. But according to new survey data, the American public does not yet see China as an urgent threat to national security.

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America Engaged: 2018 Chicago Council Survey

President Trump has failed to convince Americans to embrace his vision of US foreign policy, according to the newly released 2018 Chicago Council Survey of American public opinion. According to the report, a majority of Americans prefer an active US engagement with the world and a shared leadership role in world affairs.

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Deep Dish: Iran, Russia, and China, the Triple-Axis

Within hours of President Trump's announcement that the United States would withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal, Iran's foreign minister was on a plane, first to China and then to Russia. This often overlooked but important geopolitical trio, Iran, Russia, and China, is the subject of a new book by this week's Deep Dish podcast guests.

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The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership

On October 25, Council president Ivo Daalder and CFR’s James Lindsay discuss their new book, The Empty Throne: America’s Abdication of Global Leadership, and argue President Trump’s foreign policy could cast the world into a new era of disorder.

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Doors open: 5:15 pm
Event: 5:30 pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs Conference Center
130 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601

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Registration closes October 25.

The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership

Video: Presidents at War with Michael Beschloss

There is no more serious task a president can undertake than to lead a nation into war. Those presidents who held the office during wartime have sometimes needed to shelve their domestic policy ambitions. In addition, presidents of war have also had to contend with challenges from the Constitution’s War Powers Clause, Congress, the media, anti-war protestors and even their closest advisors during conflict. How have presidents coped with the pressures of war? And how has the scope of Presidential power evolved over the course of America’s conflicts?

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Global Food and Agriculture

When International Development Met 'America First'

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is delighted to see that Congress has prioritized the reauthorization of the Global Food Security Act and moved closer to the council’s recommendations by passing a longer-term authorization in an overwhelmingly bipartisan way. 

Global Economy

Ready Or Not - Trade Agreements!

If one cannot conclude a trade deal, the next best thing is to announce more deals, writes Phil Levy in Forbes, because frequently, in trade and other policy matters, the declared intent to make progress can be mistaken for the real thing.

Wait Just a Minute: Time's Up Leader Tina Tchen

Our web series, Wait Just a Minute, asks experts to answer complex questions about global affairs in 60 seconds. In this episode, Time's Up leader and former chief of staff to Michelle Obama, Tina Tchen, discusses the challenges of building Time's Up, advice for young women starting their careers, and the best part of working with the former first lady.

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America Engaged

The Trump administration has made bold attempts to reshape US foreign policy. Is the American public on board? Take a look at the findings of the 2018 Chicago Council Survey.


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