Getting Young Americans to Think Globally in the ‘America First’ Era

A new report from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs reveals a continued slippage of American youths’ engagement with the world outside the US.

In the wake of a spate of school shootings in the United States this year, students of high school and college age are forming political campaigns for change as the country moves toward critical legislative elections in November. These young people are registering voters, although many of them are too young to vote themselves, and making demands of candidates, in some cases moving into organized politics. They are the vanguard of Generation Z, born since 1997. The oldest of them are about 20, but teens are also involved.

Students participating at a UN event on youth leadership in peace and security, above, hosted by Eritrea and Finland, Oct. 4, 2016. CIA PAK/UN PHOTO

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