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Americans and the World
Comprehensive Analysis of Polling on International Topics
Welcome to the Americans and the World website, a source of in-depth information on US and world public opinion on international issues. The site includes Public Opinion on Global Issues, a series of digests developed in partnership with the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as earlier digests of US public opinion. Both of these sources provide comprehensive analyses of polling on various international topics.

Public Opinion on Global Issues - Updated 2011-2012

These digests, developed in partnership with the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations, provide comprehensive analyses of international and US polls on the world's most pressing challenges -- and the institutions designed to address them.

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World Order
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International Institutions
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Violent Conflict
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Nuclear Proliferation
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The Environment
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Energy Security
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The Global Economy
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Economic Development
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Human Rights
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Americans and the World (Earlier US-only Digests)

US Role in the World
This section of the Americans and the World Digest is unique in that it deals with the broader framework of US foreign policy. Thus, it provides a kind of road map for many of the other sections of the Digest. Many of these sections are referenced herein and placed in this broader context.

Global Issues Regional Issues
Globalization of Values Africa 
Women's International Issues Russia
Population Israel and the Palestinians
Biotechnology China
Articles Published Elsewhere

Public Opinion on Foreign Policy:
The Multilateral Public that Perceives Itself as Unilateral
Alexander Todorov
Published by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
I.M. Destler

from the 2001 Rowman & Littlefield publication
(for the Council on Foreign Relations)
The Real and the Ideal: Essays on International Relations in Honor of Richard H. Ullman

Vox Americani
An interview with the American public
Steven Kull
(Foreign Policy, September/October 2001)
"The Myth of the Reactive Public"
American Public Attitudes on Military Fatalities in the Post-Cold War Period
Steven Kull and
Clay Ramsay
From the March 2001 Routledge publication
Public Opinion and the International Use of Force
Edited by Philip Everts and Pierangelo Isernia.