American Isolationism: Is it a Myth or a Reality?

Ivo H. Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Jill Dougherty, Public Policy Scholar, Former CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent; Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO, Wilson Center; Bruce Jentleson, Global Fellow, Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University; Dina Smeltz, Senior Fellow, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy

American Isolationism: Is it a Myth or a Reality?

Journalists, policymakers, and pundits are once again debating whether Americans have turned away from the world. Officials from both sides of the aisle warn about an “isolationism dictated by the past.” Contrary to this conventional view, new Chicago Council survey results show most still want the US to play an active role in the world.

As global troubles brew in Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine, what kind of foreign policy do Americans want? What do they see as the most effective ways to achieve US foreign policy goals? Join us for this Wilson Center-hosted release of the Council's 40th anniversary survey of Americans on foreign policy issues. The expert panel will discuss the data, what it means for the future of US policy, and what policymakers should learn from the public.

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