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ICFRC: Public Opinion and US Foreign Policy: Attitudes from a Turbulent Year

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Assistant Director Craig Kafura and Research Assistant Brendan Helm of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs will discuss the results of their 2020 annual survey, as well as the results from bi-national surveys conducted in January 2021. With the unrest and upheaval of this past year, how have Americans changed-or not changed-their views on key foreign policy issues? And, data from Iran and Russia provide striking insights into how the people of those countries view domestic and international problems.

Brendan Helm is a research assistant for the Lester Crown Center on US Foreign Policy and Public Opinion teams on the Council. After earning his undergraduate degree in international relations from the College of William and Mary, he worked at Teaching, Research, and International Policy - a survey project which examined the gap between academia and policymaking.

Craig Kafura is the assistant director for public opinion and foreign policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project, and a Pacific Forum Young Leader. At the Council, he coordinates work on public opinion and foreign policy and is a regular contributor to the public opinion and foreign policy blog Running Numbers. His writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, and The Diplomat, among others. Kafura holds an MA in Political Science from Columbia University and a BA in Political Science from Yale University.

For more information on the Foreign Relations Council visit their website at www.icfrc.org.

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