Aside from voting, relatively few people take part in other forms of political and civic participation. But a 14-country survey finds that some could be motivated to participate on issues like health care, poverty and education.
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.
Turks are almost evenly split between those who are happy with Prime Minister Erdogan’s leadership and the state of the nation, and those who believe his government is leading the country down the wrong path.
As the Tiananmen protests unfolded in 1989, most Americans wanted to show support for the pro-democracy movement. But in the years since, economic ties and economic competition have become the dominant topics between the two nations, while at the same time the relationship has become more distrustful.
There is increased opposition to U.S. airstrikes in Syria, as many undecided Americans have turned against the idea. Obama’s job approval has slipped into negative territory — particularly on foreign policy — and most say Congress should have the final say on Syria.
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.
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