This Week's Reads: Are Americans Isolationists at Heart?

The conventional wisdom is that Americans prefer to stay out of world affairs. But the conventional wisdom is wrong, according to data from the 2018 Chicago Council Survey. Read more from Council President Ivo Daalder in This Week's Reads.

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Wait Just a Minute: Michael Beschloss

In this episode of our Wait Just a Minute series, historian and author Michael Beschloss answers questions on presidential war history, the US system of checks and balances, and offers advice for President Trump and congress.

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Deep Dish: What a World Without US Leadership Looks Like

Council President Ivo Daalder and James M. Lindsay, senior vice president at the Council on Foreign Relations, discuss their new book "The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership"—a revealing look at President Trump’s foreign policy and its implications for the rules-based international order.

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Public Opinion

Political Polarization the Critical Threat to US, Foreign Policy Experts Say

North Korea’s nuclear weapons, Iran’s attempts to get its own, nor Russia’s influence in US elections ranks as the most critical threat facing the United States, writes Dina Smeltz in The Hill. Instead, it is political polarization according to a new survey of nearly 600 foreign policy opinion leaders.

Global Cities

Paving the Way to Zero-Carbon Cities through Building Codes

Building codes are a foundation for change, Karen Weigert and USG CEO Jennifer Scanlon write in GreenBiz. An established set of principles is needed to frame the work of city officials and their public, private and nonprofit partners to shape a safer and more sustainable future for our economy and our health.

Realism and Restraint: America's New Foreign Policy?

Last week marked the two-year anniversary of President Trump’s election, which signaled a dramatic shift in America’s foreign policy. Stephen M. Walt brings a realist perspective to the question question of America's future role in the world.

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Realism and Restraint: America's New Foreign Policy?

#AskIvo: Will Everything Blow Over With Saudi Arabia?

Will ties stay strong between Washington and Riyadh? Find out what Council President Ivo Daalder thinks in the latest #AskIvo.

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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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