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Cooperation or Coercion? The Views of US Opinion Leaders on Foreign Policy Approaches

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Multiple Authors

The 2020 Chicago Council on Global Affairs-University of Texas at Austin survey explores to what extent Democratic, Republican, and Independent foreign policy professionals support Biden’s international agenda.

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David Strickler
Global Economy, Trade and Business

Conflict-Related Sexual Assault—Historic Barriers to International Recognition

RESEARCH
Working Paper by Nicole Mattea

This working paper further explains the recent emergence of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) into international discourse and preventative strategies.

A woman in a stands outside the Women's Centre in Balukhali camp March 6, 2018.
UN Women/Allison Joyce
Women and Girls

Majority of Iranians Oppose Development of Nuclear Weapons

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Multiple Authors

Nationwide surveys conducted by IranPoll show that although Iranians say their country should not develop nuclear weapons, they have lost confidence in the nuclear agreement.

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David Sandoz
Defense and Security

American Public Support for US Troops in Middle East Has Grown

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Multiple Authors

A Chicago Council survey completed January 10–12 shows that as tensions with Iran have risen, Americans see an increased need to keep watch over the Middle East by maintaining a troop presence there.

A US soldier in Afghanistan.
Reuters
Public Opinion

Considering a Soil Initiative for Africa

RESEARCH
Policy Brief by David Nielson

This paper diagnoses the challenges faced by governments, international organizations and research institutions in mitigating and reversing the decline of soil quality in Africa.

Workers unload a truck of harvested cassava roots.
Food and Agriculture

Americans Feel Less Safe after Killing of Soleimani

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Multiple Authors

Results of a Chicago Council Survey find that more Americans think the January 3 drone strike that killed Iranian Quds Force Commander Quasem Soleimani has made the United States less safe.

Blackhawk helicopter taking off from an operating base.
Reuters
Public Opinion

Americans Say a Nuclear Iran Is Unacceptable, Divide on Using Force

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Multiple Authors

This survey finds most Americans still consider Iran’s nuclear program a critical threat, but at lower levels before 2015 nuclear deal.

Flag of Iran.
David Sandoz
Public Opinion

​​Addressing China's Rising Influence in Africa

RESEARCH
Policy Brief by Michael Tiboris

China’s growing contributions to African development should not automatically be feared, but their increased presence should create a recalibration in US approaches to development.

Chinese flag, Beijing, China.
International Development

US Public Divides along Party Lines on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Multiple Authors

In regard to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Republicans (59%) say the US should take Israel’s side, while majorities of Democrats (75%) and Independents (68%) say the US should not take either side.

View of the Western Wall, Jerusalem.
Toa Heftiba
Public Opinion

American Support for US Strikes against Syria Split along Partisan Lines

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Multiple Authors

A majority of Americans support the joint airstrike conducted by the US, UK, and France against Syria and would favor additional strikes if Syria uses chemical weapons again.

American soldiers at US army base, standing in front of a sunset.
Reuters
Public Opinion