The United States has long been seen as a bellwether for how people feel about America, but now it’s become one of the most polarising countries in the world, with many believing the United States is actively destabilising the Middle East and other parts of the world.
A new report, released on Monday by the Global Attitudes Project at the University of Michigan, suggests the United Kingdom has overtaken the United State as the most xenophobic country in the World, and has become the most violent country in terms of anti-American sentiment.
“What is surprising is that the UK is a country that is perceived to be the most peaceful and least aggressive in the Middle Eastern region,” the report’s author, Christopher Hodge, told Business Insider.
“There are a number of other factors that can account for this.”
Hodge says this was largely driven by the fact that the United Nations has made a lot of efforts to address the spread of Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS) in the region.
He says there is a growing sentiment that the U.S. is being too friendly to countries like Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states, who are viewed as allies of the United Arab Emirates.
“[There are] concerns about how we are providing support to the UAE, but also about the fact the UAI are using the UAE as a base to launch attacks on Yemen,” Hodge told Business Insider.
The report found that there were some signs that the British government was changing its policies.
But the most important thing for the country to do, Hodge said, is to start implementing some of the anti-Islam policies that have been pushed by Prime Minister Theresa May.
In the report, Hoechs co-author, Mark Taylor, says the British Government’s “Islamophobia” agenda has led to the country becoming the most pro-Islamic State country in Africa.
I think that the way we are doing that is not enough. “
The U.K. has been a beacon of freedom in the West, and the idea that you can become a beacon for free speech and freedom of the press and the freedom of expression and so on is something that should be a very important part of the conversation.”
I think that the way we are doing that is not enough.
We are also not working at it in a way that’s effective.