Global Dec. 20, 2006

New UN Chief Heads an Organization That Faces Both Skepticism and Support

When Ban Ki-moon of South Korea placed his left hand on the Charter of the United Nations and was sworn in as its eighth Secretary General, he assumed control of an organization viewed with dramatically varying degrees of respect, skepticism and indifference by the countries of the world.

Global Dec. 6, 2006

The Putin Popularity Score

Is Vladimir Putin a new breed of postmodern, post-communist populist or an old-style dictator in democratic clothing? It’s a question currently being debated with even more urgency as the investigation widens into the bizarre poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Soviet spy and outspoken critic of the Russian president.

Global Nov. 27, 2006

Turkey: Troubled Terrain for Pope Benedict

The Pontiff’s diplomatic skills may well be tested as he visits a country where negative views of Christians and the West are on the rise.

Global Nov. 20, 2006

Europeans Debate the Scarf and the Veil

Government leaders in the Netherlands reignited the debate over veils and head scarves when they announced plans for legislation that would ban the full-face veil. A Pew survey found that European publics are divided on head scarf bans.

Global Nov. 16, 2006

Bush Visits Indonesia

In Indonesia, where President Bush travels early next week after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam, America’s image has undergone some dramatic ups and downs over the last few years.

Global Oct. 26, 2006

Are National Polls Reliable Predictors of Midterm Elections?

National elections are the high season for pollsters and with Election Day now less than two weeks away, new polls on the fight for Congress are being released nearly every day. Commonly, pollsters use something called the “generic ballot” to assess the state of the congressional race. Just how accurate is the “generic ballot” in predicting election results?

Global Sep. 6, 2006

Support for a Female Heir in Japan

With the news today that Japan’s 39-year-old Princess Kiko has given birth to a male heir, Japan’s succession crisis has passed. But a recent Pew Global Attitudes survey found that a large majority of the Japanese public favored changing the law so that a female could rule.

Global Aug. 24, 2006

Parental Pressure on Students: Not Enough in America; Too Much in Asia

Americans think parents here are too lax; Asians think parents there are too tough.

Global Aug. 10, 2006

In Great Britain, Muslims Worry About Islamic Extremism

Even before British authorities announced they had thwarted a terrorist plot to blow up airplanes, many people in Britain – including Muslims – were very concerned about Islamic extremism.

Global Jul. 26, 2006

Lebanon’s Muslims: Relatively Secular and Pro-Christian

But on many issues, including terrorism, Lebanon’s Muslim majority shares the views of other Muslims in the Middle East. In particular, Lebanon’s Muslims — as well as its Christians — are strongly anti-Israel.