NBC News speaks with citizens from around the globe, asking the question, 'What Does America Mean to You?'
What does the rest of the world think of the United States?
More than three and a half years since President Barack Obama’s election as the first African-American president and over 10 years since the 9/11 attacks – how do people perceive the United States and its role on the world stage?
Msnbc.com teamed up with our NBC News colleagues in over 10 countries around the world – from China, Thailand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, South Africa, Israel, the Palestinian territories, Egypt, Iran, and Germany, to the U.K. – to check the pulse on current perceptions of America’s global stature ahead of our annual Independence Day.
Not surprisingly, views were mixed.
In Pakistan, the United States has become synonymous with drone attacks; in China, American innovation is praised, but the idea of the U.S. as the “world police” is slammed.
For instance in South Africa, many of the people our NBC News team spoke with in Johannesburg’s Soweto neighborhood noted China’s growing economic influence in South Africa and the region, but the United States was still seen as a model of racial harmony and praised as the “land of the free.”
As you get ready to fire up the barbecue and celebrate the 4th of July, see stories all this week from NBC’s News international reporting team including Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel, Ali Arouzi in Iran, Ayman Mohyeldin in Egypt, Amna Nawaz in Pakistan and many more.
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