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Partisanship and US Foreign Policy | Foreign Policy in Practice Series

October 24, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

Hybrid Hybrid Event

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs (@ChiCouncilFP) and Associated Colleges of the Midwest (@ACMedu) have joined together for a series on Foreign Policy in Practice.

Political polarization in US politics is at an all-time high. While this has profound effects on domestic policy, what does extreme partisanship mean for US foreign policymaking? Where do Americans differ the most on global issues? How might it impact decisions on climate change, migration, and US-China relations? Can the United States promise consistency to its allies and partners if there are large swings from one administration to the next? Join us for a discussion of how political affiliation impacts the American public’s views of US foreign policy and how it has changed over time, as reflected in the 2023 Chicago Council Survey.

This event will be hosted at Lake Forest College as an in-person offering for members of the Lake Forest College and local communities. It will also be streamed virtually so that faculty, staff, and students on the other ACM campuses can participate individually or through group-viewing arrangements.

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Lake Forest College and Local Communities

If you will participate in the event in person, please visit the Lake Forest College website for additional information.

Campus Viewing Sessions

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James Marquardt, Professor of International Relations, Chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations, Lake Forest College 

Dr. James Marquardt joined the faculty at Lake Forest College in 2002. He was tenured in 2008 and promoted to full professor in 2022. Over the past twenty years he has taught nearly two-dozen courses to several thousand college students.  

Born and raised in Ridley, Pennsylvania, a township in the southwestern suburbs of Philadelphia, Dr. Marquardt received his B.A. in political science in 1984 from nearby Villanova University. He earned a master’s degree in international relations in 1984 and a Ph.D. in political science in 1998 from the University of Chicago. Before arriving at Lake Forest, he also taught undergraduate courses at Northwestern University, Marquette University, Colby College, Haverford College, and St. Joseph’s University.

Dr. Marquardt is the author of two books and nearly a dozen other publications. His most recent academic publication is a scholarly article about former President Obama’s call for greater openness and transparency in American government and international relations. He has just completed a book project that tells the story of a Chicago woman’s one-year employment in France during World War One as a Y.M.C.A. welfare worker for American servicemen. It will be published in 2024. Dr. Marquardt’s current research investigates how the United States has historically sought to affect global politics by undertaking domestic reforms it believes will co-opt other countries and encourage them to follow America’s lead.  


Zachary Cook, Associate Professor of Politics, Lake Forest College

Dr. Zachary Cook received his doctorate in political science from Northwestern University. His academic specialties and teaching interests include public opinion, campaigns and elections, and the presidency. He is currently finishing a book manuscript comparing public policy attitudes of under-thirty Americans over the last ninety years.


Elizabeth Shackelford, Senior Fellow, U.S. Foreign Policy, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Elizabeth Shackelford’s analysis, writing, and outreach focus on building awareness and understanding of a “restraint” approach to foreign policy, which seeks to limit the use of military force to the defense of core U.S. national security interests and favors robust diplomatic engagement. She was a career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State until December 2017, when she resigned in protest of the Trump administration. As a Foreign Service Officer, Shackelford served in Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan, Poland, and Washington, D.C., tracking political and conflict developments, advising Mission and Washington leadership, and advocating for U.S. interests with foreign counterparts.

As a non-resident fellow with the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft in 2020, Shackelford conducted research, analysis, and commentary on the costs of a militarized approach to foreign policy and the need for greater accountability in U.S. actions abroad. Shackelford is the author of The Dissent Channel: American Diplomacy in a Dishonest Age (PublicAffairs, 2020), winner of the 2020 Douglas Dillon Book Award.


Dina Smeltz, Senior Fellow, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

With 25 years of experience designing and fielding international social and political surveys, Dina Smeltz joined the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as senior fellow on public opinion and foreign policy in 2012. She oversees the Council’s well-known annual survey of American attitudes toward foreign policy and has authored and co-authored many of the analyses based on that work. She also directs the Council’s collaboration with Russian, Mexican, Canadian, Australian, and East Asian research organizations. Smeltz has published commentary on public opinion and international issues in The Washington PostForeign AffairsPOLITICORealClearWorldForeign Policy, and the Council’s survey blog (Running Numbers).

As the director of research in the Middle East and South Asia division (2001-2007) and analyst/director of the European division (1992-2004) in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the US State Department’s Office of Research, Smeltz conducted over a hundred surveys in these regions and regularly briefed senior government officials on key research findings.

With a special emphasis on research in post-conflict situations, Smeltz has worked with research teams in Bosnia, Kosovo, Cyprus, Israel-Palestinian Territories, and Iraq (2003-2005), where she was one of the few people on the ground who could accurately report average Iraqis impressions of the post-war situation. Smeltz has consulted for several NGOs and research organizations on projects spanning women’s development in Afghanistan, civil society in Egypt, and evaluating voter education efforts in Iraq.

Smeltz has an MA from the University of Michigan and a BS from Pennsylvania State University.


October 24, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT
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