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Weapons of Math Destruction: Data and Statistics in Foreign Policy

Council polling experts discuss 2020 public opinion, polling, and the use of data in foreign policy.
Craig Kafura
Karl Friedhoff
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The deployment of data and statistics shapes our understanding of policy and politics and how we see the world around us. In 2016, statistical errors skewed polling results and inaccurately depicted the state of the election. How have polling professionals responded to the shortfalls of 2016, and what facts and figures might be weaponized in the final presidential debate before the election? As the two candidates get ready to face off, join the Council for an expert briefing on 2020 public opinion, polling, and the use of data in foreign policy.

About the Speakers
Director of Public Opinion and Foreign Policy
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Craig Kafura is the director of public opinion and foreign policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project, and a Pacific Forum Young Leader. At the Council, he coordinates work on public opinion and foreign policy and is a regular contributor to the public opinion and foreign policy blog Running Numbers.
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Marshall M. Bouton Fellow for Asia Studies
Council expert Karl Friedhoff
Karl Friedhoff was a Korea Foundation-Mansfield Foundation US-Korea Nexus Scholar and a member of the Mansfield Foundation’s Trilateral Working Group prior to joining the Council. Previously, he was a program officer in the Public Opinion Studies Program at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies based in Seoul, South Korea.
Council expert Karl Friedhoff
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