5 facts about religion in Saudi Arabia
Read five facts about religion in Saudi Arabia — a country that is the birthplace of Islam and, as such, holds special importance for Muslims worldwide.
The Iraq War continues to divide the U.S. public, 15 years after it began
Fifteen years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, the American public is divided over whether using military force was the right decision.
Most displaced Syrians are in the Middle East, and about a million are in Europe
Nearly 13 million Syrians are displaced after seven years of conflict in their country – a total that amounts to about six-in-ten of Syria’s pre-conflict population, according to Pew Research Center estimates. No nation in recent decades has had such a large percentage of its population displaced. These are the countries and regions where the […]
5 facts about Iran
The public unrest that swept across Iran starting in late December began as a protest against poor economic conditions, but it quickly turned into a call for an end to the country’s theocratic regime.
Key Middle East Publics See Russia, Turkey and U.S. All Playing Larger Roles in Region
A median of 53% in five Middle Eastern and North African countries also see Iran playing a more important role, but fewer say Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have gained influence.
Afghans who worked for U.S. government make up growing share of special immigrant visa recipients
More than two-thirds of special immigrant visas have gone to Afghans (48,601) since fiscal 2007. Iraqis have received 21,961 such visas.
Despite apparent coup in Zimbabwe, armed takeovers have become less common worldwide
Since the end of World War II, there have been 225 successful coups (counting the events in Zimbabwe) in countries with populations greater than 500,000, according to the Center for Systemic Peace, which maintains extensive datasets on various forms of armed conflict and political violence. Most coups occurred during the height of the Cold War, from the 1960s through the 1980s.
U.S. Resettles Fewer Refugees, Even as Global Displaced Population Grows
Though the U.S. has resettled more refugees than any country since 1980, the number of resettled refugees in the U.S. has not grown along with the worldwide refugee population in recent years.
After record migration, 80% of Syrian asylum applicants approved to stay in Europe
In all, more than half a million asylum seekers from Syria during the 2015-16 migration surge had received permission to stay in Europe as of Dec. 31, 2016.
Greatest Threats Around the World
People around the world identify ISIS and climate change as leading international threats. Many also name cyberattacks from other countries and the condition of the global economy as major challenges.