The Reputation Institute publishes an annual ranking (full report pdf) of 70 countries using metrics such as tolerance, safety, standard of living and attractiveness to tourists. The top-three drivers of positive reputation are safety (effective government), beauty (appealing environment) and being welcoming. Those with the lowest ranking suffered from intolerance, religious extremism, and poor foreign relations.
The Independent reported on those with the worst reputations and they’re as you might expect: Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia suffered with the world’s worst reputations. If you move a few down in the list you reach Russia and China, of course. I was curious where Israel would rank. You won’t be surprised that it comes in at Number 19. The 19th worst reputation (51st out of 70) among the nations of the world. It’s in the category: weak/vulnerable.
Those with the highest ranking were Sweden, Canada, Switzerland and Australia. The U.S. is 28th on the list.
NOTE: I’ve just published a major profile/appraisal of the career of leading neocon war hawk and media darling, Michael Weiss. Among other things, he commissioned a Daily Beast article which led to the arrest of Siamak Namazi and his 80 year-old father in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison. This was a major effort of writing and research that covered many months. Please read and promote it via social media.