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Duke Professor shares insight with UNCP studentsBy Connie Walker
Political science professor Dr. Oli R. Holsti from Duke University spoke to UNCP students about how foreign publics see the United States since 9/11.
Many countries sympathized with us after the terrorist attacks and felt that the use of force in Afghanistan was a legitimate response.
Holsti said that in terms of the military and the economy, the United States is usually unchallenged.
Canada has supported us in every war since the War of 1812, but they would not support us in Iraq, he said.
Holsti used various published polls as evidence to show that, while the majority of countries have a less favorable view of the U.S., they differentiate between America’s policies and Americans.
Citing data, Holsti said that when the Iraq invasion happened, India was one of the countries that looked less favorably on the United States.
The Indian people started to have a more favorable view of the United States.
Dr. Oli R. Holsti was invited to speak to students in the Dial Humanities Building as part of the 2007 Gibson and Mary Anna Gray Lecture Series.