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.
Publics of Asian Powers Hold Negative Views of One Another
Traditional rivals in Asia continue to look at each other with deep suspicion and concern, especially China and Japan. The Japanese worry about China’s increasing military power, while the Chinese believe Japan has yet to atone for its militaristic past.
The U.S. Public’s Pro-Israel History
A substantial plurality of the American public has been steadfast in its support for Israel as the intensity of armed conflict in the Middle East has waxed and waned through the years.
The Great Divide
After a year marked by riots over cartoon portrayals of Muhammad, a major terrorist attack in London, and continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, most Muslims and Westerners see relations between them as generally bad.