public opinion

U.S. President Donald Trump hosts a reception with Secretary of Defense James Mattis in the East Room of the White House on October 25, 2018.

Americans’ Blind Faith in the Military Is Dangerous

U.S. citizens show deference to the armed forces regardless of their political persuasion. Their willingness to let the generals decide is a threat to the democratic tradition of civilian oversight.

Participants arrive for the final of a Chinese language dictation contest  at the Vladivostok branch of the Confucious Institute at the Far Eastern Federal University on Feb 18, 2017. (Yuri Smityuk/TASS/ Getty Images)

Forget Hearts and Minds

Soft power is out; sharp power is in. Here's how to win the new influence wars.

Brazilian congressman and presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, waves to the crowd during a military event in Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 3, 2018.

Latin America’s Center Cannot Hold If It Doesn’t Exist

Mainstream establishment parties across the continent have been replaced by populists offering easy and empty answers.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office on March 25, 2018.

Netanyahu Needs Conflict to Survive

The more Israel’s prime minister escalates tensions, the more his popularity grows.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) along with his wife Sophie Gregoire (L) pay their respects at the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar, India on February 21, 2018.

Teflon Trudeau Is His Own Worst Enemy

In the absence of a serious political challenge from the left or right, Canada’s prime minister is suffering from self-inflicted damage.

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The TV vs. the Fridge

In Russia, economic decline isn't translating into dissatisfaction with Putin. Here's why.

A man holds a placard reading in Dutch "Deze weg loopt dood" which translates as "This road is a dead end" on November 29, 2015 during a Climate March in Amsterdam on the eve of the official opening of a 195-nation UN climate summit in Paris. More than 140 world leaders are gathering around Paris for high-stakes climate talks that start November 30, and activists are holding marches and protests around the world to urge them to reach a strong agreement to slow global warming. AFP PHOTO / ANP / BART MAAT

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Why Inking a Global Climate Deal Is Such a Tricky Business

It doesn’t help that only 18 percent of Chinese think climate change is a very serious problem.

406027 01: Soldiers From India (L) And Pakistan (R) Perform The Elaborate Daily Flag-Lowering Ceremony May 30, 2002 At The Wagah Border Post Near The Pakistani City Of Lahore. Pakistan And India Are Locked In A Tense Border Standoff And Have Amassed Nearly A Million Soldiers Near The 160-Mile Line Of Control In Kashmir. The Loc Has Been The Defacto Border Between The Two Nuclear Powers Since The End Of Their First War In 1948. (Photo By Visual News/Getty Images)

Calling for Peace

Despite renewed tensions between India and Pakistan, public opinion in both countries strongly favors peace.

Pakistani Shiite Muslims mourn following an attack by gunmen on a bus carrying Shiite devotees outside a hospital in Karachi on May 13, 2015. At least 43 Shiite Muslims were killed and 13 wounded when gunmen opened fire on their bus in Karachi on May 13, 2015, Pakistani police said, in the second deadliest attack on the minority sect this year. AFP PHOTO/ Asif HASSAN        (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Enemy Number One for Minorities in Pakistan: Public Opinion

In a hostile world, Pakistani minorities face many threats; each new atrocity brings with it reams of analysis and no shortage of finger-pointing toward the perceived culprits. But general public opinion might be just as much to blame as terrorism.

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