2013: A Fateful Year
Security issues will test transatlantic co-operation, though the prospects for a free-trade deal look good.
Anti-Americanism Down in Europe, but a Values Gap Persists
Europeans generally reacted to President Obama’s re-election with a mixture of excitement and relief, just as they did four years ago.
European Unity on the Rocks
What started out as a European debt crisis has now become a full-blown crisis of public confidence in the European economy, membership in the European Union, the euro and the free market system.
Russians Support Protests, Political Freedoms, and Putin, Too
A Pew Global attitudes report finds a majority of Russians support political freedoms and public protests that followed a December 2011 parliamentary vote. But a majority also hold a high opinion of Vladimir Putin.
Public Yawns at European Economic Woes
The European debt crisis has attracted minimal interest or concern among the U.S. public, despite warnings from economists that Europe’s problems may threaten this country’s fragile recovery.
Christians make up about the same proportion of the world’s population today as they did a century ago, but there has been a momentous shift in where they live.
An ‘Iron Hand’ Is No Substitute For Democracy
The experience of the former Soviet Union’s struggles to make the transition to a more open society holds an important lesson for the Middle East, a region in which the democratic tide still swells despite panicked opposition from some and the efforts of others to regulate its tempo.
Confidence in Democracy and Capitalism Wanes in Former Soviet Union
Two decades after the Soviet Union’s collapse, Russians, Ukrainians, and Lithuanians are unhappy with the direction of their countries and disillusioned with the state of their politics. Enthusiasm for democracy and capitalism has waned considerably and most believe the changes that have taken place have had a negative impact on many aspects of public life.
The American-Western European Values Gap
Americans’ values differ significantly from those of their Western Europeans counterparts. Although this gap is long-standing, current polling shows Americans coming closer to Europeans in not seeing their culture as superior to others.
Muslim Networks and Movements in Western Europe
Scholars discuss the purpose and findings of a major study that examines several of the oldest, largest and most influential Muslim groups operating in Western Europe today many of which are virtually unknown to non-Muslims.