Essay – 2500 words


Goal: Use data from electronic databases and write a research paper on how the American public views

foreign countries. Period to cover: from 2007 to 2017. You must choose six countries (to find

information and polls about): China, Russia, Canada, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. (You may replace

any two countries from the list by any two countries of your choice).

The following sites can be helpful:

Roper foundation (available through electronic databases at GMU),

and ,


Q) What to find and analyze data:

1) Number of polls about each country (on the list) and the years when these polls were taken. Which

country or countries did attract most and least attention from pollsters? (2 points)

2) What types of issues or events did these polls cover? (For example, wars, conflicts, negotiations, local

events, or just general topics related to perception of other countries, nations, or their governments).

Provide empirical evidence. Why did these tendencies, in your opinion, occur? (2 points)

3) Identify general trends in the survey’s responses. Have opinions been predominantly neutral, positive, or

negative? Were they interventionist, internationalist, or isolationist? (Use class materials or ask your

professor for additional information on interventionism, internationalism, and isolationism). (3 points)

4) Make your overall conclusion about the surveys you have found. What did you learn from the data? What

was the main focus of attention (maybe several?) of the American public during a 10-year period? How

did Americans see these countries in general? (see class notes) (3 points).

Suggested length: 2,500 words


How to display references in your paper

• For a book: indicate author’s name, year of publication, book title, city of publication, and publisher. Example: John

Johnson (2007). How to Lobby Foreign Governments. New York: New Publishers

• For an article: include author’s name, year of publication, article title, journal number, and month of publication, and

article pages. Example: Roberta Robertson and Bill Hope (2003). On using eavesdropping. “Journal of Modern

Intelligence”, 28, June, 45-50.

• For a website: include the whole address of the site. Example:

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