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.

Fact Tank Aug. 22, 2013

Possible chemical weapons use by Syria has influenced public support for action in past polls

Americans have consistently opposed U.S. involvement in the Syrian conflict, but have offered a somewhat different response when asked how they would respond if there is proof that President Bashar Assad’s forces attacked civilians with chemical weapons.

Fact Tank Aug. 22, 2013

Egyptians hold Saudi Arabia in high regard

Saudi Arabia has promised financial aid to the military government. Before the current turmoil, , the Egyptian public had an overwhelming positive view of Saudi Arabia.

Fact Tank Aug. 21, 2013

Egyptian public to U.S. on aid: Thanks, but no thanks

The recent spate of violent military crackdowns on civilians in Egypt has apparently caused the Obama administration to begin reevaluating aid to Cairo. But when it comes to Egyptian public opinion, cutting U.S. assistance may not provide Washington with as much leverage as many think.

U.S. Politics Aug. 19, 2013

Public Says Cut Off Military Aid to Egypt

Nearly twice as many Americans say it is better for the United States to cut off military aid to Egypt to put pressure on the government than say it is better to continue the aid to maintain influence in Egypt.

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%.