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I think it's a matter of exposure. A majority of people get their information about the rest of the the world from two sources: their education and their news media.
In the United States, the education system generally teaches courses about American and European history. Usually the European part is about who was fighting who when. Beyond America and Europe, though, no history is taught, excepting specialized classes in college. So beyond those two areas, education covers not much else.
The new media isn't much better at introducing Americans to things going on abroad. Practically every news source available domestically only covers international news if it has something to do with an impact on the US. Otherwise, usually, domestic news sources will merely ignore anything that's happening in any other country around the world, unless it's "dramatic" enough (i.e., lots of people die).
Since 2001, I've been getting most of my news from the BBC, merely because at least they cover international news. I cannot find a good US-based news source that covers a tenth of the issues going on in the rest of the world as I can at the BBC.
So, I think the problem really is "ignorance by lack of exposure", and frankly, I'd love to see it change.
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