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The Psychological Roots of Public Opinion toward a Militant Group: The Case of Pakistani Lashkar-e-Tayyaba
KARL KALTENTHALER and C. CHRISTINE FAIR explore the sources of public sympathy in Pakistan for Lashkar-e-Tayyaba. They argue that the most common and widely distributed factor influencing individual sympathy with a militant group is the expectation that the militant group will bestow a sense of personal significance on that individual. Using data from a 2014 survey of Pakistanis, they find that the quest for personal significance is the most important factor driving sympathy for the militant group. 

pp. 1-26
 

The Geopolitical Consequences of COVID-19: Assessing Hawkish Mass Opinion in China
JOSHUA BYUN, D.G. KIM, and Sichen Li examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Chinese public’s foreign policy attitudes. Drawing on original surveys fielded in China during the first six months of the global pandemic, they find that ordinary Chinese citizens are conspicuously optimistic about China’s future position in the global balance of power, and that this optimism corresponds well with the widespread perception that the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating China’s rise relative to the United States. 

pp. 1-25
 

After Trump: Enemies, Partisans, and Recovery
Christopher J. Fettweis discusses what political polarization in the United States has in common with the relationship between the Cold War superpowers. It argues that in both cases the “enemy image” warps perception of the other side and prevents meaningful reconciliation.  Applying insight from international relations to U.S. domestic politics, he discusses the pernicious effects of the enemy image and how to overcome it. 

pp. 1-21

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