This September, six journalists from across Germany visited Chicago through the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program. The goal of their program was to learn more about the processes behind U.S. foreign policy. The delegation met with academics, think tanks, and reporters in Chicago to discuss the myriad ways American foreign policy is created, implemented, and evaluated.
As part of their Chicago itinerary, the delegation met with representatives from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Delegates and Public Opinion Fellows from the Chicago Council discussed role of public opinion and perceptions on foreign policy decisions, while a discussion with Fellows from the Global Cities program focused on the unique foreign policy challenges facing urban centers.
A high point of the meeting was a 45-minute discussion with Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO, and Chicago Council on Global Affairs President, Ivo Daadler. Mr. Daadler was able to provide in-depth background knowledge about the myriad crises facing Europe. As a former NATO ambassador, he provided a unique perspective on security relations in Europe. Delegates asked for Mr. Daadler’s thoughts regarding the German position in Europe, the refugee crisis, and the crisis in Ukraine.
At the conclusion of the meeting the delegates walked away with greater insights into the formulation of American foreign policy and Chicago’s role as a center for research in foreign relations.
— Rachael Bolte, WorldChicago