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Obama's Last National Security Strategy

John Feffer | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

This National Security Strategy will not likely silence administration critics or secure the White House for a Democratic successor in 2016. But it at least illuminates what Obama will try to accomplish globally in his last two years in office and, more importantly, how he will spin those efforts.

The Limits of Japan's Soft Power

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.04.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Japan is determined to be a force for peace and stability in the war-torn Middle East, yet until and unless its constitution is changed to permit the country to project its power in a meaningful manner militarily, its ability to influence events in other regions of the world will remain limited.

The Battle for Soft Power: America's Digital Cold War with China

Justin O’Connor | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
Justin O’Connor

Talk these days of the creative economy as soft power and a harbinger of world peace, ignores the huge struggles taking place between Google, Facebook no one hand and Baidu, We Chat, Tencent on the other, pitching the U.S. and China directly against each other in a cold digital war of online platforms, search engines and aggregation algorithms. It is very nice to assert the diversity of cultures in a globalized world. But this diversity is in reality dependent on some very hard issues of finance, intellectual property rights and communications infrastructures.

How Putin Stole Our Smartpower

András Simonyi | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
András Simonyi

hile Putin uses the whole spectrum of power tools, he forces us to ask questions about our own poor, soulless, haphazard, and anemic conduct. Why is it that we are so poorly equipped to use the whole set of power tools at our disposal to counter him? The West can do better.

The Long-Term State of the Union - Counting the Cost of Empire?

David Coates | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
David Coates

There is something desperate about the current quality of politics in Washington DC. It is not that our elected representatives steadily avoid any discussion of key issues. It is rather that the way in which they choose to discuss those key issues trivializes them to the point of folly.

Japan's Influence in the Middle East

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Although it is not widely recognized as such, Japan is one of the most influential economic actors in the Persian Gulf -- something that is unlikely to change in the near or medium term.

Britain Has to Lead With Soft Power

Indra Adnan | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Indra Adnan

Cameron, like Blair, cries: we can't stand idly by, wringing our hands. Damn right: take action but not of the killing kind.

Is It a Second Revolution or a Military Coup?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

The major question raised among the Egyptians, as well as people and governments around the world, is whether the deposal of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood party can be characterized as a military coup or as a second revolution for democracy and economic reforms.

Global Governance Gets a New Image

Indra Adnan | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
Indra Adnan

If you have never heard of Simon Anholt, don't own up to it. Some call him a political entrepreneur, others a global image consultant -- I see him more as a nation therapist, helping countries and more lately, cities, find themselves and their place in the world.

Obama and Rising Powers: Foreign Policy in Tough Economic Times

Derek Shearer | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Derek Shearer

Despite monumental world events, foreign policy will not play much if any role in the presidential race in 2012. The American voting public is not very concerned with what is happening in most areas of the world. They are rightly concerned about the state of the American economy and the state of US society as they experience it in their daily lives. For this reason alone, President Obama needs a tougher and clearer economic message. It's not just the economy, stupid; it's how you talk about it that matters in politics. Sadly, I don't expect the Obama White House or his current re-election team to get religion on that front anytime soon.

Is Hillary Soft Enough to be Smart?

Indra Adnan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Indra Adnan

Hilary could not then and cannot now afford to promote 'soft power' for fear of appearing weak. 'Smart power', given her own concerns about politics and gender, is the best she can do.

Why Vote for Obama?

Joseph Nye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph Nye

For any independents wavering on the eve of the election, I thought I would explain why I will vote for Barack Obama. I did not start there.

Barack Obama and Soft Power

Joseph Nye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph Nye

It is difficult to think of any single act that would do more to restore America's soft power than the election of Obama to the presidency.