Divided We Stand: Democrats and Republicans Diverge on U.S. Foreign Policy

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - Smeltz and Kafura say voters do not generally choose a candidate on the basis of foreign policy, but that’s starting to change amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. This presents both challenges and opportunities for the United States as the country navigates COVID-19.

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Dina Smeltz and Craig Kafura are both experts on public opinion and foreign policy with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Dina Smeltz and Craig Kafura are both experts on public opinion and foreign policy with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Dina Smeltz and Craig Kafura are both experts on public opinion and foreign policy with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. They will discuss their recent report about American views on foreign policy in the age of COVID-19.

Smeltz and Kafura say voters do not generally choose a candidate on the basis of foreign policy, but that’s starting to change amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. As indicated by the title of their report, Divided We Stand, Democrats and Republicans do not generally agree on issues of foreign policy. But Smeltz and Kafura do see a few areas of common ground between the parties, including a widespread belief that foreign trade is important to the American economy and a fear that COVID-19 will lead to the end of globalization. 

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