This presidential election is one of the most consequential of our time. America—along with its western friends and allies—faces a choice, not simply between the traditional divisions of left and right, liberal and conservative, but between a world that is open or closed. The Council was founded in 1922—at the height of growing isolationism after WWI—to provide an independent and nonpartisan platform for a variety of voices to promote deeper global understanding and active US engagement in the world. This remains core to our mission today.

This fall the Council will examine election 2016 from a global perspective. Bringing together decision makers and thought leaders with diverse viewpoints, and supported by the Council's cutting-edge public opinion research, the Council will consider how America's decision might shape its global role.


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