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Survey Says: How Americans Really View the World

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Prior to the 2018 midterm elections, Notre Dame’s Michael Desch and Northwestern University professor Peter Slevin discussed why many Americans now support active US engagement in the world.
Speakers
Ivo H. Daalder
Michael Desch
Dina Smeltz
Peter Slevin
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About this event

The upcoming midterms could be an important indicator for the future direction of US foreign policy. Under President Trump the United States has stepped back from its global engagement, withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, the Iran Deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and is casting doubt over its commitment to NATO. Yet, according to the Council’s new 2018 polling data, many Americans do not agree with this approach, with the largest percentage since the September 11 attacks now supporting active US engagement in the world. What might these striking views have on the future of American foreign policy? And with an eye to November’s midterms, how will the largest eligible voting group, millennials, impact the election? 

About the Speakers
President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Ivo H. Daalder served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009 to 2013 prior to becoming president of the Council. Previously, he was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution and served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council. He is the author or editor of ten books.
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Michael Desch
Director, Notre Dame International Security Center, University of Notre Dame
Senior Fellow, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy
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Dina Smeltz, a polling expert, has more than 25 years of experience designing and fielding international social and political surveys. Prior to joining the Council to lead its annual survey of American attitudes on US foreign policy, she served in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the US State Department's Office of Research from 1992 to 2008.
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Peter Slevin
Associate Professor, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University