The credibility of the U.S. in the world in recent years seriously weakened. According to the Associated Press, the conclusion made by experts from the American Political Science Association (American Political Science Association, APSA)
The credibility of the U.S. in the world in recent years seriously weakened. According to the Associated Press, the conclusion made by experts from the American Political Science Association (American Political Science Association, APSA), during a year studying the problem of American influence on the world community. In the course of political scientists analyzed the variety of data - the results of voting in the UN General Assembly to the results of sociological surveys in various countries around the world.
In the end, it was found that the U.S. position on the world stage now, even worse than during the Cold War, when the USSR was a serious competitor for Washington. "In the U.S., many politicians and ordinary citizens believe that this decline, despite recent improvements, is delayed for a long time and its effects will be difficult to overcome" - the report says APSA.
As stated in the document, despite the fact that one of the election agenda of Barack Obama was to restore the U.S. image in the world, to move from words to action 44 th President of the United States remains elusive. Washington still unable to convince its NATO partners to send additional forces to Afghanistan, talks on Iran's nuclear program does not work, but North Korea remains a rogue state possessing nuclear weapons.
Hardest U.S. credibility has declined in the Middle East and Europe. However, according to experts APSA, authoritarian Arab leaders actually belong to Vashintonu loyal than talk about it in public speeches. With regard to the Old World, there is anti-American association of European nations, which formed a special "European identity". The new, united Europe, thus, consciously trying to separate their interests from the U.S..
The weakening of the U.S. position in the UN continues with 1960, however, as noted in the report, this trend was particularly evident during the presidency of George W. Bush. In 2001, Washington succeeded in overthrowing the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, but then the U.S. could not catch Osama bin Laden for several years, "bogged down" in Iraq that did not add them to their popularity in the eyes of world public opinion.
Authors of the paper argue that the current American leader, despite the rhetoric and good intentions, have not been able to dramatically change the observed trend - people of many countries are still confident that the strong U.S. position - is more harmful than helpful.