For much of the past decade, "soft power" has been touted as a means for making foreign policy more effective by emphasizing enticement rather than coercion, conversation rather than conflict.
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Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama and Congress struggled until the 11th hour to agree on budget cuts that would avert a government shutdown. The ...
Beyond dealing with urgent trouble spots, a key priority for Barack Obama will be to set his own tone that helps to educate the public at home and abroad.
I can't be the only one who has noticed that this President-elect who ignited his Democratic base and the world has grown in stature and gravitas since the election.
Those of us who view ourselves as moderate independents may be the most satisfied with what comes out of the sausage factory, er, legislative process under Obama.
After summing up American military and economic power, I realized that something was missing -- a term that defines our ability to attract others through culture, values, and policies.
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.
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