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Spring 2010 The Ambassadors REVIEW 37 On US-Global Leadership Stuart W. Holliday President and Chief Executive Officer, Meridian International Center United States Ambassador for Special Political Affairs at the United Nations, 2003-2005 n important part of the Council of American Ambassadors’ mission is to understand and enhance the role of US ambassadors and to help them be effective representatives of the national interest. One of the most important aspects of the ambassador’s job is to understand the nature of how people in their countries perceive the United States and its leadership. In February, Meridian International Center and the Gallup Organization launched The US-Global Leadership Project . This partnership provides a necessary and ongoing nonpolitical and nonpartisan comprehensive assessment of US leadership approval from foreign publics. This builds on excellent work that Gallup and its Chairman Jim Clifton began to get a better understanding of what drives global attitudes and aspirations in the wake of the tragic events of September 11. The Project ’s unprecedented collection of opinion polling data on international perspectives of US leadership includes over 100 countries in a US Global Leadership Track. These data are combined with the international perspectives of key global leaders to create a powerful barometer of US relationships around the world. The latest findings revealed a net increase of almost 17 percent in global approval of US leadership from 2008 to 2009. Overall, a significant increase in favorability towards the United States was seen between 2008 and 2009. Some of the largest increases were seen in neighboring countries such as Canada (+41 percent) and Mexico (+29 percent), as well as in a number of European countries. Decreases were recorded in several countries in Asia, including Afghanistan (-4 percent), Indonesia (-11 percent), and Vietnam (-27 percent). It is assumed that changes in the 2009 data, relative to 2008, are largely related to global public opinion of the Obama administration, but may also reflect countries’ views of the projected role of the United States as it relates to regional interests. It will be very interesting to see how these numbers look next year when we reflect on 2010 and assess the impact of global political and economic developments. At the launch, I had the opportunity to discuss with Senator Chuck Hagel as well as
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