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Talking About Your Generation: U.S. Foreign Policy Perceptions and Preferences

  • 385 Russell Senate Office Building (map)

Experts from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Charles Koch Institute, and the Cato Institute recently co-authored a study analyzing decades of survey data regarding “Intergenerational change and American foreign policy views.”

This far-reaching report tackles tough questions about how Americans perceive their country’s role in the world, taking into consideration both perceptions and preferences about the U.S. approach to foreign policy. The authors isolate generational perspectives, setting apart the unique attitudes of Millenials, Generation Xers, Boomers, and members of the Silent Generation.

Their research reveals stark generational gaps in public opinion about American exceptionalism, global leadership, and the use of military force. Furthermore, the report establishes that demographic change and generational replacement will impact the future of foreign policy. Their conclusions will interest anyone concerned with the maintenance of U.S. military superiority, the existing alliance structure, and the overall direction of our country’s conduct in global affairs.

On behalf of the Charles Koch Institute, we invite you to join us for a lunch discussion with two of the report’s authors, William Ruger of the Charles Koch Institute and Trevor Thrall of the Cato Institute, who will discuss their findings in rich detail.