After 17 years of war in Afghanistan, more say U.S. has failed than succeeded in achieving its goals
About half of U.S. adults say the country’s mission in Afghanistan has mostly failed in achieving its goals, while about a third say it has mostly succeeded.
A majority of Europeans favor taking in refugees, but most disapprove of EU’s handling of the issue
A majority of people in several European countries support taking in refugees. Yet there is widespread disapproval of how the EU has handled the refugee issue.
Record number of forcibly displaced people lived in sub-Saharan Africa in 2017
The number of people living in sub-Saharan Africa who were forced to leave their homes due to conflict reached a new high of 18.4 million in 2017, up sharply from 14.1 million in 2016 – the largest regional increase of forcibly displaced people in the world.
For the first time, U.S. resettles fewer refugees than the rest of the world
The U.S. has taken in 3 million of the more than 4 million refugees resettled worldwide since 1980. But in 2017, the U.S. resettled 33,000 refugees, the country’s lowest total since the years following 9/11.
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 […]
How people in India see Pakistan, 70 years after partition
Seventy years since the partition of India, read about attitudes in India on a range of subjects, including Pakistan and the handling of the Kashmir dispute.
Americans are split on the principle of pre-emptive military force
Half of Americans say using military force against countries that may seriously threaten the U.S. – but have not attacked it – can often or sometimes be justified.
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.
Russians see World War II, not 1917 revolution, as nation’s most important historical event
Just 8% of Russians believe the Russian Revolution was the country’s most important event of the past century. A 34% plurality says it was World War II.