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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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Americans on Promoting Democracy--Poll (September 29, 2005)

Chicago Council on Foreign Relations and Program on International Policy Attitudes.
Americans on Promoting Democracy--Poll (September 29, 2005)

A new poll finds that a majority of Americans reject the idea of using military force to promote democracy. Only 35% favored using military force to overthrow dictators. Less than one in five favored the US threatening to use military force if countries do not institute democratic reforms

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Foreign Affairs Article

Poll Positions

Author: Daniel Yankelovich

A new survey of public opinion on U.S. foreign policy shows that Americans are split in two along party and religious lines. Still, significant majorities are starting to come together based on discontent with the war in Iraq, U.S. standing in the Muslim world, and illegal immigration. Soon the grumbling may become too loud for policymakers to ignore.

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