Lebanon’s Precarious Politics
Behind the delayed selection of a new president, now scheduled for next week, lie complicated sectarian struggles, many of which do not run along a straight Muslim/Christian fault line.
Why We Don’t Know Enough About Broadband in the U.S.
Many key questions about the information society require fine-grained, publicly available data about broadband deployment and use at the local level — but government agencies need more help in gathering it.
Karen Hughes’ Uphill Battle
Despite the efforts of the undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, America’s image problems endure as foreign policy, not public diplomacy, is the major determinant of how the world views America.
Widespread Negativity: Muslims Distrust Westerners More than Vice Versa
Muslims and non-Muslims associate a wide array of negative characteristics with one another. But there is generally more antagonism in Muslim countries toward the West than vice versa.
Turkey and Its (Many) Discontents
Turkey is a key strategic U.S. ally but negative views of America are widespread and growing there. Turks also have low opinions of many other nations and groups.
Broadband: What’s All the Fuss About?
The impacts of high-speed connections extend beyond access to information to active participation in the online commons.
When Strangers Contact Teens Online
While the number of teens made uncomfortable by an online experience with someone they do not know is relatively small, certain traits and activities are more likely to attract interactions with unknown individuals, whether unwanted or not.
Thompson Stands with GOP Rank and File during First Debate
In his first appearance on a debate stage with his rivals for the Republican nomination, the former Tennessee senator stuck to very traditional — and very popular — positions among his party’s voters.
Young White Evangelicals: Less Republican, Still Conservative
An analysis of Pew Research Center surveys conducted between 2001 and 2007 suggests that young white evangelicals have become increasingly dissatisfied with Bush and are moving away from the GOP. How will these changes affect the vote in 2008 and beyond?
Dems Debate Iraq Withdrawal Timetable
When debate moderator Tim Russert asked the Democratic presidential candidates if they would pledge to have all U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of their first term, the leading candidates all declined to make a firm pledge. Are they in sync — or out of sync — with the views of Democratic voters on the question of an Iraq war withdrawal timetable?