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I am studying international relations and I am specializing in Middle East region. The article I will summarize below is examining the determinants of Arab public opinion towards other countries.
Especially after September 11, 2001, many commentators in the United States have speculated on the roots of Arab resentment toward the USA. In fact, academia has long before discussing various and more generalizable hypotheses about enmity and rivalry. Furia and Lucas (2006) are trying to find quantitative proofs for those hypotheses among Arab public.
The population of interest in the study is the adults in 7 Arab countries. Since the all Arab population is more than 300 million and living in ...view middle of the document...

Furia and Lucas (2006) defined a dependent variable from the poll data, named as AFFECT, that represents the percentage of respondents in a given subject country that express either “very” or “somewhat” favorable feelings toward a given object country.
The authors showed the general attitudes of Arab population for non-Arab countries by using means and standard deviations of the AFFECT variable for each object country. The standard deviations of the AFFECT scores are given with the means to show the variability of attitudes from the average value among subject Arab countries. The positive attitudes (AFFECT score) toward non-Arab countries is found as 42.32 per cent the standard deviation for this variable is 19.34 per cent. (Furia and Lucas, 2006:594).
The authors inspected the relationship of the AFFECT variable with other independent variables such as military capabilities, security alliances, trade volume, import/export ratios and cultural backgrounds. Since those variables are the basic elements of traditional international relations theories, authors expected to find significant relationships between some of them. But the results showed that there was not any significant relationship, correlation or cause-effect relationship among those...

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