One of the many things students in my "Mission Possible: Global Issues, Leadership Choices" class have to take into account during the simulation is "soft power" or the power they can exert simply because other players like, admire, or respect them. Since 2002, the Pew Research Center has been conducting surveys assessing soft power and asking people around the world how much confidence they have that a given leader of a foreign country will "do the right thing regarding world affairs." This graphic from The Economist (UK) summarizes the results of a Pew survey conducted this spring and compares it to the results of a similar survey conducted during Barack Obama's second term. www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2017/06/daily-chart-19 (For the full report on which this graphic is based, see www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/06/26/around-the-world-favorability-of-u-s-and-confidence-in-its-president-decline/ and click on the link to the PDF.)
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