July 30, 2014

Did NSA Snooping Hurt U.S. Image? Not So Much

Bruce Stokes, Global Public Square

RCP

It is conventional wisdom among many pundits and opinion leaders that recent revelations of spying by the U.S. National Security Agency have deeply scarred America’s reputation abroad. The problem with such a narrative is that recent public opinion data paint a far more nuanced picture. True, foreigners don’t like that Washington spies on them and their leaders, and such NSA activities have eroded America’s soft power standing as a preeminent defender of personal freedoms. But there’s no evidence that the NSA’s recent behavior has sparked a general rise in anti-Americanism around the world.

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TAGGED: United States, U.S. Foreign Policy, NSA, Germany, Barack Obama, Polls

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