Ideology in the United Nations General Assembly

How have ideological differences in the General Assembly evolved over time?

Takeaway Points

  1. The United States and Soviet Union were at the opposite ends of the ideological spectrum during the Cold War.
  2. Immediately following the end of the Cold War, Russia’s ideological position turned very moderate—in 1992, they fell in between New Zealand and Japan.
  3. In recent years, Russia has drifted further away. However, China is the United States’ most ideologically opposed nation among politically relevant countries.
  4. The United States votes very similar to Israel.