What the World Thinks of America

Pew Global Attitudes Project
The Pew Research Center conducted a series of worldwide public opinion surveys on a broad range of subjects, including perceptions of America in the rest of the world.

U.S. in the World
This guide from the Global Interdependencce Initiative, "U.S. in the World - Talking Global Issues with Americans: A Practical Guide," is designed to help readers understand and communicate about U.S. foreign policy and global engagement.

Only in America
British historian Eric Hobsbawm lived in the United States for four month each year from 1984 to 1997.  He writes about his perceptions of American life in this essay for The Chronicle of Higher Education. 

Studies of Global Opinion
Studies on global views of the U.S. from the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA).

Developed by Frontline, KQED and WGBH Boston, this PBS series turns its lens on the global community, covering countries and cultures rarely seen on American television.

National Identities on the Internet

New Media and National Identity
This paper, presented at the Second Expert Meeting on Media and Open Societies, examines the creation of National Identities via websites for diaspora populations.  



Nancy Snow
Find out more about propaganda, public diplomacy, and the branding of America.

Jeff Chang
Hip-hop, youth-culture, and the shifting nature of American identity.

Ridge Mahoney
World Cup 2006 promises to be exciting, heartbreaking, and full of athletic feats. Learn more about the soccer, the world's most popular sport.

Robin Koerner
See what media outlets from around the world think of America.

Yiyun Li
American literature in the 21st Century.




Brand America

Building Brand America
Business Week magazine interviews Charlotte Beers, the former Undersecretary of State for public diplomacy and public affairs. (2001)

Nation Brand Index
The Anholt Nation Brand Index analyzes and ranks the world’s nation brands. Find out why Australia is the world’s favorite nation brand, and why the U.S. only ranks 11th out of 25 countries.

The Branding of America
From the Library of Congress, this site explores the brand name products that have originated in communities across America and examine how these brands have endured throughout the course of American history.

NPR: Consultant Develops Notion of Branding Nations
What do Tanzania, Germany, and Sweden have in common? Yes, they're countries, but they're also brands. NPR's Day to Day delves into the field of Nation Branding.

Public Diplomacy Then and Now

Democracy in America
This classic text by French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville gathers his observations and insights from his travels around America in the 1830s. (Public domain)

NewsHour Report on Public Diplomacy
This special report by NewsHour online examines the U.S. government’s efforts to counter anti-Americanism in the Arab world by reaching out through television, radio and the internet, and re-brand America in the Middle East.




Americans Talking Back

Learning to Love You More
Artists Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher invite the general public to creat works in response to assignments such as "make a poster of shadows," and "document your bald spot."

September 11th, 1973

I Have Been Through This Before
After the events of September 11th, 2001, Chilean-American novelist Ariel Dorfman reflects on the other September 11th, when Chile lost its democracy in a military coup.

Ariel Dorfman Interview
North Carolina Public Radio interviews Ariel Dorfman about his book Other Septembers, Many Americas: Selected Provocations, 1980-2004.

Chile, September 11, 1973
International Institute of Social History’s site about the coup that overthrew democratically elected president Salvador Allende in Chile.