Fact Tank Oct. 17, 2013

As spying revelations surface, Turks and Israelis share mutual dislike

News that the Turkish government may have revealed the secret identities of 10 Iranian spies who had been meeting inside Turkey with the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad comes against the backdrop of surveys that show a mutual feeling of distrust among these two important regional players.

Fact Tank Oct. 9, 2013

Curbing military aid to Egypt has support among the U.S. public

The Obama administration reportedly is planning to curb U.S. military aid to Egypt, a move that many Americans would support, according to a Pew Research poll conducted in August.

Fact Tank Oct. 7, 2013

Obama bows out of Asian summit amid mixed views of U.S., China in region

President Obama’s decision to cancel his trip to the Pacific Rim economic summit because of the political battle at home over the budget and debt ceiling comes at a time when publics in the region have mixed views about the U.S. and China.

Fact Tank Sep. 30, 2013

Plenty of goodwill between the U.S. and Israel as Obama and Netanyahu meet

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to visit President Obama at the White House on Monday, Americans and Israelis continue to hold each other in high regard.

Fact Tank Sep. 23, 2013

Sentencing of former party boss Bo Xilai puts focus on China corruption concerns

The case of Bo Xilai, sentenced last weekend to life imprisonment, highlights an increasing central issue in Chinese politics: political corruption.

Media & News Sep. 16, 2013

How Al Jazeera America Covered Syria

In its coverage of the ongoing Syrian crisis, the fledgling Al Jazeera America cable news channel has provided U.S. viewers with content much more similar to CNN’s than the BBC’s.

Fact Tank Sep. 3, 2013

As elections approach, Australians’ satisfaction with country’s direction is falling

Australians go to the polls to choose a new government this week. Recent surveys show that public satisfaction with the economic direction of the country is falling.

Fact Tank Aug. 30, 2013

UN approval before using military force lacks widespread global agreement

The UN Security Council failed Wednesday to reach agreement on a British-sponsored resolution authorizing approval of taking action against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons. A 2011 Pew Research poll found publics in most countries surveyed did not support the principle of obtaining UN approval first.

Fact Tank Aug. 28, 2013

As U.S. considers Syrian strike, support for NATO has waned

While the U.S. and several of its allies in NATO review options for military action against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons, such action is reportedly not likely to be under the umbrella of NATO. Support for NATO in member countries has waned.

Fact Tank Aug. 27, 2013

Even before chemical weapons furor, Assad had little support among publics in the region

Even before Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was accused of using chemical weapons, he was widely unpopular with publics in neighboring countries.