GlobalMarch 2, 2016

UN peacekeeping at new highs after post-Cold War surge and decline

The number of UN peacekeeping forces around the world has peaked in recent months after falling off in the late 1990s, following a period of trial and error for UN interventions.

GlobalFebruary 9, 2016

Global opinion varies widely on use of torture against suspected terrorists

The view that torture may be justified is most common in sub-Saharan Africa, where a median of 55% hold this view; it is least common in Latin America (a median of 25%). In the U.S., 58% say torture can be justified as part of efforts to prevent terrorist attacks.

GlobalJanuary 21, 2016

Refugee crises, climate change are top risks in next 10 years, experts say

Large-scale refugee flows and lack of progress in slowing global warming are the top risks that the world faces in the coming decade, according to a survey by the World Economic Forum of executives and experts.

GlobalDecember 23, 2015

Americans are in the middle of the pack globally when it comes to importance of religion

Americans place less importance on religion in their lives than do people in a number of countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia — but more than residents of many other Western and European countries.

GlobalDecember 3, 2015

Wide Ideological Divides in Venezuela

As elections near, Venezuelans are down on President Nicolás Maduro and on Hugo Chávez’s legacy, but wide ideological splits point to a nation divided. Overall, most are dissatisfied with the direction of the country.

GlobalNovember 29, 2015

People worldwide support a global emissions agreement

But the degree of concern about climate change varies markedly from country to country.

GlobalNovember 18, 2015

Where the world sees limits to free speech

In principle, most people around the world support freedom of expression. But there is a fine line between general support for freedom of speech and support for specific forms of expression.

GlobalNovember 6, 2015

The U.S. isn’t the only nation with big partisan divides on climate change

Australia, Canada, Germany and the UK are among the other countries where there are partisan clashes on climate change issues.

GlobalOctober 29, 2015

Measuring the ‘good’ life around the world

What makes a good life? Usually this question is in the domain of priests, philosophers and metaphysicians, but the OECD sought to find the answers with data.

GlobalOctober 20, 2015

What Canada’s new government might mean for U.S. relations

On some key issues, like the Keystone XL pipeline and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), supporters of Canada’s Liberal Party are less supportive than their Conservative Party predecessors.