Perception Is Power: Why Russia Is Missing Out at the G7

Russia was arguably the least popular world power in 2014. According to new data from the Gallup World Poll, Russian leadership has a median international approval rating of 22 percent and a 36 percent disapproval rating, the highest of any country. This is cannot be a surprise following the annexation of Crimea, covert intervention in Eastern Ukraine, and assassination of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. As a direct result of international disapproval, Russia’s membership in the G8 was suspended in March 2014, further isolating the country during a time of economic hardship. Negative perceptions of Russian leadership are immediately affecting...

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Local Reporting on a Global Scale

The world if fast shrinking and nowadays, local news is global news. Humans have become a species of globetrotters and seeking to explore new horizons and visit every corner of this Earth. At the same time we are also very local and want to know first what is going on in our own backyards or in our hometowns. Newspapers around the world and in the United States in particular have had to re-learn how to become more local while at the same time learning how to adapt and survive in this highly competitive digital revolution.In May of this year, Meridian...

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