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Soft Power

Obama, the Arts, and Soft Power

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Raymond J. Learsy

I have always been struck by the paucity of interest and support our government gives to the arts. In Obama's opinion it appears the arts have become essential to reengage our standing in the world.

Netanyahu's Speech: One Step Forward, Four Steps Back

Michal Lewin-Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michal Lewin-Epstein

After an introduction that accentuated Israel's desire for peace, it is a pity that Netanyahu chose to continue in a manner that does not offer the Palestinians a sincere partnership.

Hillary Clinton's First 100 Days

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

It is not unusual for a president to want to be his own secretary of state, but rarely has a secretary so badly wanted to be her own president.

Need Another 100 Days To Grade Obama's Foreign Policy

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lionel Beehner

Obama has had a remarkably productive first 100 days on the foreign policy front. It's hard not to like what I see. But let me try.

The Age of the Unthinkable Explained by Joshua Cooper Ramo

Martin Varsavsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Martin Varsavsky

Maybe it is Joshua's background in physics that has made him see foreign policy as an area where Heisenberg's uncertainty principle also applies.

Israel's Muted Soft Power

Michal Lewin-Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michal Lewin-Epstein

Israel has the potential to become a regional soft-power player. Its political values: democracy, transparency and accountability, are very attractive, and seem to be appealing to the Palestinians.

Living In The Possibility-Based Global Community

Indra Adnan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Indra Adnan

If we are unaware of the deliberate grasping and transforming of reality that Obama is exercising through the world's media, we will be constantly led by the images of Barack and Michelle "being the change."

"Mission Accomplished" Bush Gets the Last Laugh in Iraq and Afghanistan

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

For years, George W. Bush has been roundly criticized, even lampooned, for declaring "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq. But maybe declaring "Mission Accomplished" was not that crazy after all.

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.

Brand Obama Trumps Brand America

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Nancy Snow

Obama's ascent was a triumph in marketing a relatively obscure political neophyte into a figure whose visage is likely to grace Mount Rushmore someday.

Bush and Future Historians

Joseph Nye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph Nye

Will the enduring icons of the 43rd presidency be Iraq, Guantanamo and Katrina? Or will they be 9/11 and his "freedom agenda?"

Must-Read About Alhurra TV

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Nancy Snow

Technorati Profile Correction: The University of Missouri has received a grant to train Alhurra TV journalists. It may be for $50,000, but I'm wait...

Alhurra TV: Uncle Sam's Boondoggle

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Nancy Snow

I've been sifting through several studies of Alhurra Television that dropped like a "cascade of candor," to paraphrase David Frost's hoped for outcome...

Obama Grows a Beard

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Snow

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.

What Will the World Think of Us Now?

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Snow

Will Obama's victory signify a rise in international engagement with the world and a trust in government to competently handle foreign affairs?

Soft Power is Obama's Greatest Strength

Indra Adnan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Indra Adnan

Perhaps all that is needed is a good role model for soft power: someone who seeks to engage rather than stand off, capable of dialogue not just debate.

Financial Crisis and American Decline?

Joseph Nye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph Nye

In 1989, the conventional wisdom was that the United States (and its economy) were in decline. I did not believe it then, and do not believe it now.

How About a Different Kind of Rescue Plan?

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

I know, I know. I'm supposed to be writing about Hank Paulson's "rescue" plan, or the wisdom of sending more troops to Afghanistan, or the first presi...

The Olympics and Chinese Soft Power

Joseph Nye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph Nye

Even though polls show an increase in the attractiveness of China in recent years, it will take more than a successful Olympics to overcome the self imposed limits on Chinese soft power.

Obama and Soft Power (II)

Joseph Nye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph Nye

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.

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.