FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Global Views on China vs. Global Views on U.S. or "Wow, Egypt and Pakistan really don't like us!"

(I am on vacation for a week so I probably won't be keeping this as updated as normal)

Click the link below for the entire report which is wide-ranging and interesting. I originally came across this report because I regularly read another great blog called China in Africa: The Real Story
If you are interested in Africa, you cannot ignore the role of China there and this is a smart, academic, thorough look at the issues by a professor, author and expert.  
    Below are just two of the many charts in the report.  Clink the link below to view whole report which is worth a good 15 minute scan.  

Entire Pew Global Attitudes Report (30 pages +)

I only wish they had gotten data for a few other African nations such as Angola, South Africa and Tanzania.  Of particular note though is how popular they are in Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan.  The USA is more popular in Kenya and Nigera, but Pakistan and Egypt  do NOT like us...this is unfortunate when you consider how much aid and preferential treatment we give them...but this just goes to show You Can't Buy Me Love .  And while I don't think that we should base our foreign policy or diplomatic engagement on polling numbers, I do think it's important to have that insight into attitudes within a nation.  If we had numbers on a few other African countries we could perhaps see regions/nations where we could do a little better on the public perception front.  

On a side note, I wonder how the numbers will change after President Obama's trip through Asia.

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