Our Survey Says…

War with Russia is more likely than war with China. That’s the upshot of an opinion poll of 1,395 international relations scholars focused on global issues. Although neither event is considered very likely, the experts’ responses to all ten survey questions in the latest Snap Poll are certainly food for thought. For instance, more than 200 respondents said Henry Kissinger was the most effective U.S. Secretary of State in the past 50 years.

The Snap Poll was created by the Teaching, Research, and International Policy (TRIP) Project at the College of William & Mary’s Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, and funded by Carnegie Corporation.  One in a series, the survey provides real-time data regarding significant policy proposals, emerging policy debates, and international crises. The latest poll asked scholars about the probability of war between the United States and major world powers, U.S. policy towards ISIS, and immigration, among other topics. You can read their answers and learn about the methods and analysis here. ForeignPolicy.com also posted an essay identifying some interesting patterns that emerged.

Corporation support for the Snap Polls is part of its bridging-the-gap work, which aims to close the breach between international relations academics and policymakers. TRIP recently held a “Strengthening the Links” conference on this topic at William & Mary, which featured an honest discussion of the issues that have historically led to tension and missed opportunities between these two worlds. Read more about the event here.