Fact Tank Jul. 29, 2013

As Israelis, Palestinians get ready for peace talks, many welcome American role

Many critics have questioned whether Secretary of State John Kerry’s focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is worth the effort, given the region’s rich history of diplomatic disappointment, but Kerry has managed to bring the two sides together this week in Washington for their first talks in several years.  Polling finds limited optimism about the prospects […]

Global Jul. 25, 2013

As Mali Votes, Mixed Reception to French Intervention

As Malians go to the polls for the presidential election on July 28, Africans, on balance, approve of the French military incursion in its former colony and France enjoys a largely positive image in many African nations. In contrast, most publics in the Middle East disapprove of Paris’ action and France’s ratings have slipped in the region.

U.S. Politics Jul. 17, 2013

Fewer See Events in Egypt as Critical to U.S. Interests

Public interest in news from Egypt has plummeted since the early weeks of the Arab Spring. And the share of Americans saying what happens in Egypt is “very important” to U.S. interests has fallen from 46% to 36%.

Fact Tank Jul. 8, 2013

Challenge for Egypt: Finding leaders with wide support

Political unrest continued in Egypt after a chaotic political week in which two of the key players – both unpopular with the Egyptian public – illustrated the difficulty in finding a leader who can overcome the country’s divisions.

Fact Tank Jul. 8, 2013

Global restrictions on religion increased following the Arab Spring

In 2011, a strong majority of the world’s population lived in countries with high religious restrictions.

Fact Tank Jul. 3, 2013

Egypt’s apparent coup would be first of 2013, as takeovers become less common worldwide

Wednesday’s apparent coup in Egypt, which seems to have ousted President Mohamed Morsi, would be the first of 2013. It is also a reminder that coups are less common methods of regime change than they used to be. According to the Vienna, Va.-based Center for Systemic Peace, which maintains extensive databases on various forms of armed […]

Fact Tank Jul. 2, 2013

Egypt’s restrictions on religion coincide with lack of religious tolerance

In Egypt, the government’s restrictions on religion also are coupled with a Muslim public that is considerably less tolerant of religious pluralism than Muslims elsewhere.

Fact Tank Jul. 1, 2013

Egyptian military gets higher ratings than most political parties

The Egyptian military issued an ultimatum to both President Mohamed Morsi and his opponents today, declaring that the two sides must find a resolution to the country’s political crisis in the next 48 hours or the military will impose its own “roadmap for the future.” Since the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak two and a […]

Fact Tank Jun. 28, 2013

Egyptians plan nationwide protests as discontent grows under Morsi

June 30 will mark one year since Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi took office, and the country’s opposition movement is planning to commemorate the anniversary with nationwide protests that, even by recent Egyptian standards, are likely to be quite large. Over the last year, Morsi has presided over growing political polarization and increasing disappointment with the […]

Fact Tank Jun. 24, 2013

Israelis and Palestinians have sharply different views of U.S., but want its help in resolving conflict

There is a 67 percentage point divide between Israelis, who have a favorable view of the U.S., and Palestinians who have a positive view.