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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Will the enduring icons of the 43rd presidency be Iraq, Guantanamo and Katrina? Or will they be 9/11 and his "freedom agenda?"
Correction: The University of Missouri has received a grant to train Alhurra TV journalists. It may be for $50,000, but I'm wait...
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...
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.
Will Obama's victory signify a rise in international engagement with the world and a trust in government to competently handle foreign affairs?
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.
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.
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...
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.
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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