[ONLINE] - The Difference “Difference” Makes When It Comes to U.S. National Security

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National security elites have tried to explain to Americans and the world what their views on security should be. Yet, time and again–from U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan and Iraq, to repeated political dust-ups in Washington over U.S.-Russia relations, to public responses to extreme weather, and rising energy prices fueled by the war in Ukraine, we see that national security impacts millions outside the Beltway in very real ways. In an increasingly diverse and integrated United States, learning more about how historically marginalized groups are thinking about America’s standing in the world and the security challenges the country faces grows more crucial by the day.

To develop a base understanding of how diverse American communities think of national security and foreign policy issues, New America’s Planetary Politics partnered with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on a deep dive into their data, and leveraged their 2022 survey of public opinion on foreign policy to oversample subgroups of non-White Americans. Join us for an insightful panel event featuring experts in the field of national security and foreign policy as they discuss the disconnect between the way security threats are framed by the policy community and how most Americans, especially those from historically marginalized communities, experience and perceive these challenges. What do we know and what more do we need to know ahead of an increasingly fraught election season?

Join the conversation online using #MeaningofSecurity and following @PlanetaryPol.


Heela Rasool-Ayub
Director for Planetary Politics


Deborah Avant
New America Fellow
Sié Chéou-Kang Chair for International Security Diplomacy at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

Craig Kafura
Assistant Director for Public Opinion and Foreign Policy, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Christopher Shell
Fellow in the American Statecraft Program, Carnegie Endowment