Blogs: Paul Pillar

Interpreting Terrorist Waves

How Foreigners Really Regard U.S. Power

Paul Pillar

It remains to be seen what sort of results future polls will yield about foreign views of the next U.S. president, but Pew has gotten a head start of sorts in a companion poll by asking respondents in ten European countries about the two presumptive presidential nominees, using the same question about whether the respondent has confidence in the leader to do the right thing regarding world affairs. Hillary Clinton gets fairly good marks but not as good as Obama: for Obama the composite numbers are 77 percent confidence and 22 percent no confidence; for Clinton they are 59 percent confidence and 27 percent no confidence. The views of the Europeans about Donald Trump are a much different story: nine percent have confidence, and 85 percent have no confidence, that he will do the right thing in world affairs. It looks like Mr. Obama's comment a few weeks ago about how foreign leaders are “rattled” by the rise of Trump applies in spades to foreign publics.    

Image: An American flag being folded. Photo by Vince Alongi, CC BY 2.0.

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A Worthwhile Project for Europe: Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Paul Pillar

It remains to be seen what sort of results future polls will yield about foreign views of the next U.S. president, but Pew has gotten a head start of sorts in a companion poll by asking respondents in ten European countries about the two presumptive presidential nominees, using the same question about whether the respondent has confidence in the leader to do the right thing regarding world affairs. Hillary Clinton gets fairly good marks but not as good as Obama: for Obama the composite numbers are 77 percent confidence and 22 percent no confidence; for Clinton they are 59 percent confidence and 27 percent no confidence. The views of the Europeans about Donald Trump are a much different story: nine percent have confidence, and 85 percent have no confidence, that he will do the right thing in world affairs. It looks like Mr. Obama's comment a few weeks ago about how foreign leaders are “rattled” by the rise of Trump applies in spades to foreign publics.    

Image: An American flag being folded. Photo by Vince Alongi, CC BY 2.0.

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Brexit and the Transnational Triumph of Ignorance

Paul Pillar

It remains to be seen what sort of results future polls will yield about foreign views of the next U.S. president, but Pew has gotten a head start of sorts in a companion poll by asking respondents in ten European countries about the two presumptive presidential nominees, using the same question about whether the respondent has confidence in the leader to do the right thing regarding world affairs. Hillary Clinton gets fairly good marks but not as good as Obama: for Obama the composite numbers are 77 percent confidence and 22 percent no confidence; for Clinton they are 59 percent confidence and 27 percent no confidence. The views of the Europeans about Donald Trump are a much different story: nine percent have confidence, and 85 percent have no confidence, that he will do the right thing in world affairs. It looks like Mr. Obama's comment a few weeks ago about how foreign leaders are “rattled” by the rise of Trump applies in spades to foreign publics.    

Image: An American flag being folded. Photo by Vince Alongi, CC BY 2.0.

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Why Bibi and Vlad Get Along

Paul Pillar

It remains to be seen what sort of results future polls will yield about foreign views of the next U.S. president, but Pew has gotten a head start of sorts in a companion poll by asking respondents in ten European countries about the two presumptive presidential nominees, using the same question about whether the respondent has confidence in the leader to do the right thing regarding world affairs. Hillary Clinton gets fairly good marks but not as good as Obama: for Obama the composite numbers are 77 percent confidence and 22 percent no confidence; for Clinton they are 59 percent confidence and 27 percent no confidence. The views of the Europeans about Donald Trump are a much different story: nine percent have confidence, and 85 percent have no confidence, that he will do the right thing in world affairs. It looks like Mr. Obama's comment a few weeks ago about how foreign leaders are “rattled” by the rise of Trump applies in spades to foreign publics.    

Image: An American flag being folded. Photo by Vince Alongi, CC BY 2.0.

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