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Read: Will the US Return to Global Stage or Pull Further Inward?

“US presidential elections rarely turn on voters’ views on foreign policy,” writes Council President Ivo Daalder in the Chicago Tribune. “But foreign policy can turn on the outcome of elections. And that is especially true this year, when not only the major party candidates but their partisan supporters offer starkly different visions for America’s role in the world.” 

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Listen: Trump and Biden Voters Deeply Divided on Foreign Policy

Democrats and Republicans are in different worlds when it comes to evaluating critical threats facing the United States and preferred foreign policy approaches, according to findings of the 2020 Chicago Council Survey. Council polling experts Dina Smeltz and Craig Kafura join Deep Dish to examine how public opinion matches up with the candidates’ perspectives and whether issues like China’s rise, global cooperation, climate change, and trade are driving voter decision making.

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VIRTUAL: 2020 Global Leadership Awards

Paul Farmer, Co-Founder and Chief Strategist, Partners in Health; Harvard University Professor; Helene Gayle, President and CEO, Chicago Community Trust; Keith E. Williams, Former President and CEO, UL LLC

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Event: 5:00 pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Via Zoom
Chicago, IL 60601

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VIRTUAL: 2020 Global Leadership Awards

Public Opinion

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has reminded Americans that the United States is not immune to events that take place in other parts of the world. Far from feeding calls to retreat from international engagement, the 2020 Chicago Council Survey shows Americans remain supportive of an active US role in the world, with solid majorities supporting US security alliances and free trade as the best ways to maintain safety and prosperity. 

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Wait Just a Minute: Debate Analyst Todd Graham on Presidential Debates

As the final debate of the 2020 presidential election takes place tonight, Todd Graham, CNN debate analyst and "America’s Debate Coach," takes a minute to explain what voters expect to learn from presidential debates and why it's helpful for the candidates to debate more than once.

Global Security

Does the US Nuclear Umbrella Still Protect America’s Allies?

"Can US allies still rely on the United States’ nuclear umbrella to deter an attack?" Council President Ivo Daalder writes in Foreign Policy. "Because the answer is no longer evident, more and more voices in allied capitals have suggested that they may need to rely on other nuclear capabilities to ensure their security—and perhaps even acquire their own."

LIVE STREAM: Europe After Merkel

Ahead of the final presidential debate, join Council public opinion experts for a briefing on 2020 public opinion, polling, and the use of data in foreign policy.

Monday, November 9, 2020
Event: 2:30 pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Via Zoom
Chicago, IL 60601

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Registration closes November 9.

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