February 28, 2019 | By Dina Smeltz

Announcing the Council's Foreign Policy Experts Panel

The Council’s Lester Crown Center on US Foreign Policy is launching a series of flash polls to share expert insights on policy debates driving today's news. Throughout the year, the Council's survey team will pose questions to leading foreign policy thought leaders on the most pressing foreign policy issues to the public debate. Beginning in March, results of the expert flash polls will be posted here, on the Running Numbers blog.

The survey panel consists of a mix of roughly 50 foreign policy experts from a variety of backgrounds, political affiliations, and age groups. As it is a small group of carefully selected respondents – not a random sample – the quantitative results will be suggestive of the direction and degree of consensus expert opinion. This new product will supplement the Council's biennial larger survey of foreign policy opinion leaders and the annual public opinion survey of Americans on foreign policy.

The participating scholars and their affiliations for the new series of expert flash polls are listed below. To receive updates on this new foreign policy experts polling series, subscribe now.

Dr. Richard K.  Betts
Director of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University;  Fellow 

Dr. Joshua Busby 
Associate Professor of Public Affairs at University Texas - Austin 

Dr. Bridget L. Coggins 
Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Dr. Janine Davidson 
President of University at Metropolitan State University of Denver ;Former Senior Fellow for Defense Policy 

Dr. Michael C. Desch
Chair and Professor, Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame

Dr. Dan Drezner 
Professor of International Politics at The Fletcher School of Tufts University

Dr. Colin Dueck 
Professor at George Mason University

Ms. Mieke Eoyang 
Vice President, National Security Program at Third Way

Dr. Peter D. Feaver
Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University

Ms. Abigail C. Grace
Research Associate Center for New American Security

Dr. Anna Grzymala-Busse 
Professor of International Studies at Stanford University

Dr. Nikolas Gvosdev 
Professor at National Security Affairs US Naval War College

Dr. Peter D. Harris 
Assistant Professor at Colorado State University

Dr. Michael C. Horowitz 
Professor of Political Science and Economics at University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Bruce Jentleson 
Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University

Dr. Andrea Kendall-Taylor 
Senior Fellow; Director at Transatlantic Security Program Center for New American Security

Dr. Patricia Kim 
Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow Council on Foreign Relations

Ms. Beverly Kirk 
Fellow and Director for Outreach, International Security Program Center for Strategic and International Studies

Dr. Matthew Kroening 
Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at The Atlantic Council

Dr. Ellen Beth Laipson 
Distinguished Fellow and President Emeritus at The Stimson Center

Mr. Scott A. Lincicome 
Adjunct Scholar; Visiting Lecturer at Cato Institute; Duke Law

Dr. Jennifer Lind 
Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth College

Mr. Tod Marshall Lindberg 
Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute

Dr. James M. Lindsay 
Senior Vice President, Director of Studies at Council on Foreign Relations

Dr. Jeffrey Mankoff 
Senior Fellow; Deputy Director at CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program

Dr. Kimberly Marten 
Department Chair and professor of Political Science Barnard College, Columbia University

Dr. John Mueller 
Political Scientist; Senior Fellow at Ohio State; Cato Institute

Dr. Diana C. Mutz 
Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Science and Communication at University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Henry Nau 
Professor at George Washington University

Ms. Danielle Pletka 
Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at American Enterprise Institute

Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper
Senior Fellow; Paul Tsai China Center, Yale University

Dr. Will Ruger
Vice President for Research and Policy Charles Koch Institute

Dr. Scott D. Sagan
Senior fellow; Center for International Security and Cooperation

Dr. Elizabeth Saunders
Associate Professor at Georgetown University (School of Foreign Service)

Dr. Loren Schulman
Deputy Director of Studies at Center for New American Security

Dr. Jeremy Shapiro
Research Director at European Council on Foreign Relations

Dr. Oriana Skylar Mastro
Assistant professor of Security Studies Georgetown University (School of Foreign Service)

Ms. Julianne Smith

Dr. Allison Stanger
Professor of International Politics and Economics at Middleburry

Mr. James Steinberg 
Professor of Social Science, International Affairs, and Law at Maxwell School of Syracuse University

Dr. Angela Stent
Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies at Georgetown University

Dr. Kathryn Stoner
Deputy Director at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies ; Stanford University

Dr. Torrey Taussig
Fellow; Robert Bosch Stiftung

Dr. Shibley Telhami
Nonresident senior fellow in the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, as well as the Center for Middle East Policy, and the Foreign Policy program at Brookings Institution

Dr. A. Trevor Thrall
Senior Fellow; Cato Institute

Dr. Richard Weitz
Director, Center for Political-Military Analysis; Hudson Institute

Dr. Thomas Wright
Director, Center on the United States and Europe; Brookings Institution

Mr. Ali Wyne
Policy Analyst at RAND





The Chicago Council on Global Affairs highlights critical shifts in American public thinking on US foreign policy through public opinion surveys and research conducted under the Lester Crown Center on US Foreign Policy. 

The annual Chicago Council Survey, first conducted in 1974, is a valuable resource for policymakers, academics, media, and the general public. The Council also surveys American leaders in government, business, academia, think tanks, and religious organizations biennially to compare trends in their thinking with overall trends. And collaborating with partner organizations, the survey team periodically conducts parallel surveys of public opinion in other regions of the world to compare with US public opinion. 

The Running Numbers blog features regular commentary and analysis from the Council’s public opinion and US foreign policy research team, including a series of flash polls of a select group of foreign policy experts to assess their opinions on critical foreign policy topics driving the news.


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