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Poll: Palestinian and Israeli Attitudes After the Lebanon War

A joint poll by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah examines Israelis’ and Palestinians’ attitudes on the conflict in the aftermath of the second war in Lebanon. It tracks both publics’ attitudes regarding the resumption of a political process and their assessments of the impact of the war on the propensity for further violence in the Israeli-Palestinian arena.

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East-West Center: Japanese Public Opinion and the War on Terrorism: Implications for Japan's Security Strategy

Author: Paul Midford

Japan has actively contributed to the Bush administration's war on terrorism, going far beyond the financial support it provided during the first Gulf War in 1991 and testing the limits of postwar constitutional prohibitions on the deployment of military forces overseas. This has led some observers to suggest that Japan might be positioning itself to become a more active supporter of U.S. global strategy, a "Britain of Asia." This study from the East West Center challenges this view and finds that less has changed in Japan's overseas deployments than is often claimed.

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United States Institute of Peace: Willing to Compromise: Palestinian Public Opinion and the Peace Process

Author: Khalil Shikaki

The United States Institute of Peace published a report on Palestinian public opinion, concluding that Palestinian public opinion is not an impediment to progress in the peace process, and the Palestinian public has become more moderate. Palestinian willingness to compromise is greater than it has been at any time since the start of the peace process. Increased willingness to compromise provides policymakers with greater room to maneuver.

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