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Americans Will Sleep Better When Hillary Rodham Clinton Is in the White House

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Americans will always sleep better knowing we have a president with an in-depth understanding of the world situation and the players in it.

Smart Power Through Inclusivity in an Increasingly Volatile World

Melanne Verveer | Posted 02.14.2015 | World
Melanne Verveer

Focusing on women, peace and security does not mean shifting focus from "hard" to "soft" issues. Women constitute half the world's population. Incorporating their perspectives is not merely the right thing to do, it is also the smart and strategic thing to do.

As Much Power as a Word: Fulbright and Soft Power

Tom Healy | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Tom Healy

What is soft? What is hard? What is power? Can power be created or is there a finite amount, a zero sum game that means if I have the power, you do not?

Smarter Foreign Policy: Put Women in the Center

Senay Ataselim-Yilmaz | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Senay Ataselim-Yilmaz

We need more Hilary Clintons as Secretary of State to break cultural barriers on the global arena and change perceptions. But, we also need more people advocating for women in foreign policy and women's issues.

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.

Does Obama Need to Really "Want It" to Be a Good Leader?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

There's a reason the current president promised to be "no-drama Obama." It's a promise he's delivered on, and that has served the country well. Those who want to know what a re-elected Obama is likely to do should not be distracted by his underwhelming recent performances. They should look back at his first-term record and note how consistent it is with his pragmatic and moderate personal character: an effective, but ultimately modest, balanced stimulus that's helped turn the economy around; the achievement, at long-last, of near-universal healthcare using an idea originating in conservative circles; the comeback of that emblem of American capitalism, the auto industry; winding down two wars and killing al Qaeda's leader in a bold but limited strike that deployed smart power rather than chest-thumping militarism; advancing and protecting reproductive and LGBT rights.

Dumb and Dumber: Obama's 'Smart Power' Foreign Policy Not Smart at All

John Feffer | Posted 11.06.2012 | World
John Feffer

The president's foreign policy has certainly been "smart" from a domestic political point of view. The president has effectively removed foreign policy as a Republican talking point. But in its actual effects overseas, it has been anything but smart.

Smart Power Is Alive and Well

Captain Robert S. Wells | Posted 10.13.2012 | Politics
Captain Robert S. Wells

In November, my hope is that whoever wins will continue to recognize why it is so critical for our national security that we take the smart power approach, strengthening development and diplomatic operations alongside our defense capabiltities.

The Most Immediate Threats to Global Energy Security: An Interview With Jellyfish

Daniel J. Graeber | Posted 08.22.2012 | World
Daniel J. Graeber

As global energy supplies come under increasing attack by non-state actors and private energy holdings become key targets of political maneuverings and criminal activities, we discuss the nature of the growing threat and how to reverse the risk with "smart power."

The Real Meaning of "Smart Power"

Brian F. Keane | Posted 01.09.2012 | Green
Brian F. Keane

When I picked up my copy of this week's Time magazine, I was momentarily stopped in my tracks by Massimo Calabresi's cover story: "Hillary Clinton and the Rise of Smart Power."

Smart Power: Hollywood goes to the West Bank

Fadi Elsalameen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Fadi Elsalameen

Why would an American youth who grew up in Hollywood, worked there as an assistant director on TV shows, a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Advance...

Compassion Across Borders

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Bridgeland

By having national policies that engage more Americans in international service at every stage of life, we will be sharing our most valuable assets to make a significant difference in communities and nations throughout the world.

Brits Want Obama-Style Change. Can They Grasp It?

Indra Adnan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Indra Adnan

With the arrival of a third party in the spotlight, there is a major chance of significant change -- not so much in the individual politician, but in the way we do politics in the United Kingdom.

Cuba's Soft Power: Exporting Doctors Rather Than Revolution

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

I would have encouraged Cuba's foreign minister to say that the embargo was an anachronism of the Cold War, has not achieved the goals the US had for it, and harmed both Cuban and US interests.

Hillary Clinton Does 185,731 Miles and Asks If I Was a Party Crasher

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Hillary is sometimes characterized as a liberal hawk, an interventionist, a person who clings a little too tightly to rhetoric of "coersive diplomacy." But last night I heard a different Secretary of State.

A Healthy Argument for Smart Power

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nancy Lindborg

As hyper-partisanship continues to dominate the health care debate in the nation's capital, it might be easy to overlook a bipartisan consensus that has quietly but unmistakably emerged in the foreign policy spectrum.

Something We Can All Agree On

Richard Stearns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Richard Stearns

Nowhere is the smart power consensus more evident than on the solid, common ground where America's business and humanitarian communities find themselves today.

A Soft Power Opportunity for Iran

Kevin Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kevin Sullivan

In the neighboring country of Yemen, a very real opportunity to make good on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's promise of friendship is rapidly emerging for Iran.

Americans Want To Save Energy; We're Going To Help Them Make It Happen

Brian F. Keane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brian F. Keane

We've created a website that allows me to plug in information about my home and lifestyle, along with my goal to "lose" $20 off my monthly utility bill, and then find out exactly how to make it happen.

Joe Wilson, You're No Joe Nye

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Snow

I promise you this: If I see Joe Wilson this Thanksgiving, I'll make sure not to shout out or finger point as I reach for the pecan pie.

Zinni Calls on Obama to Release "National Strategy Report" and for US "Smart Power" Functions to be Organized in a New Military Command

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Zinni's proposals are provocative and substantive. I have asked someone at the Department of State about possibly responding. Hopefully this will happen in the near term.

Korea's Missiles, Obama's Maneuvers and Neocons' Mad-libs

Jonathan Morgenstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jonathan Morgenstein

In Obama's relations with North Korea, force is an option but a last resort. That is the hallmark of the Smart Power approach: use all the instruments of national power to achieve your goals, not just the military.

People-to-People-Based Foreign Policy

Kenneth Wollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kenneth Wollack

We can foster connections and exchanges that can build trust, demonstrate our values, and blend people together in a web of relationships that cross borders and cultural divides.

The Flat Thinking of Tom Friedman

Brian F. Keane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brian F. Keane

New York Times Columnist Tom Friedman's 'leaders not light bulbs' notion is worth challenging. Anything we can do to save energy does have true environmental value.

Barack and Slumdog

Nathan Gardels and Mike Medavoy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nathan Gardels and Mike Medavoy

If politics in the information age is about whose story wins, then, given this reality, America's storytellers -- Hollywood -- have a starring role in defining America's presence globally.