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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Video: Survey Says - How Americans Really View the World


The Trump administration has made bold attempts to reshape US foreign policy. Is the American public on board? Watch an expert panel discussing our 2018 Chicago Council Survey results to find out.

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From the Archives: Stoking Brexit from the Council

On three separate occasions, at critical moments in the UK's relationship with Europe, the Council provided a platform for leading Conservative Party politicians to make waves from across the ocean, writes Iain Whitaker in Global Insight. From the Council's archive emerges a curious tale of treachery, tantrums, angry editors, and airport pizza.

Global Cities

How Will Driverless Cars Change Cities?

Cities around the world are preparing for the massive disruption of autonomous vehicles. In the latest Council digital interactive, global cities fellow Samuel Kling illustrates some of the opportunities and risks of driverless cars.

Realism and Restraint: America's New Foreign Policy?

This week marks 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.

Monday, November 19, 2018
Doors open: 5:15 pm
Event: 5:30 pm

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

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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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