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Why Obama's Foreign Policy Is So Unpopular (Hint: It's Not His Realism)

Lionel Beehner | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

Never before in the history of the United States has there been such a yawning gap between the rhetoric of American power and its application abroad.

Bringing a Hard Edge to Soft Power

Philip Seib | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
Philip Seib

In some countries, including the United States, politics and the scarcity of common sense have led to soft power being pushed out of the policy mainstream, consigned to the backwaters of wishful thinking. Correcting this, in the United States at least, will require structural change.

Are Americans Feeling More Isolationist?

Ali Wyne | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Ali Wyne

Whatever one's judgment, Americans appear to have concluded that a foreign-policy reorientation is in order; in this case, however, reorientation doesn't equal retrenchment.

How Money in Politics Affects U.S. Diplomacy (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

On this week's episode of "Conversations with Nicholas Kralev," Harvard professor Joseph Nye, who coined the term "soft power," talks about presidential leadership in the conduct of diplomacy, and how the United States can maintain its primacy in world affairs.

Two Principles to Guide American Foreign Policy

Ali Wyne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ali Wyne

Voltaire's 1764 book Dictionnaire Philosophique quotes an Italian proverb, "Le meglio è l'inimico del bene," which translates to "The best is the enemy of the good." Two variants of this maxim can contribute to the conduct of American foreign policy.

Why Is President Aquino So Popular? Effective Leadership and Enigmatic Charisma

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 11.26.2013 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

What's fascinating with Aquino's popularity, not exactly his policies, is his ability to maintain public support despite repeated crises questioning his leadership.

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?

Needed: The Amphibious Leader

Pamela Hartigan | Posted 07.09.2013 | Business
Pamela Hartigan

To have the chance to engage in learning of this kind represents a significant "psychic bonus" that ends up being irresistible. And that got me thinking -- what are our schools doing to prepare students to become amphibious leaders?

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.

Be Consistent -- Invade Saudi Arabia

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Scheer

In the glaring light of the democratic currents sweeping through the Mideast, the contradictions in supporting one set of dictators while toppling others may prove impossible for the U.S. and its allies to effectively manage.

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.

Best Communications Practices for Making a World of Difference

Colleen Turner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Colleen Turner

At home and abroad, the words of our leaders obviously matter. Why then do presidents, cabinet members and congressional leaders so often say things that make matters worse, not better?

Clinton Consulted With Republicans, Neocons On Big Foreign Policy Speech

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has consulted with a surprisingly diverse ideological bunch in the course of creating the major foreign policy spee...

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.

US Ambassadors Getting Slotted By Obama Team

The Cable | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As the recent Gen. Anthony Zinni case demonstrates, behind the scenes and mostly under the radar, the Obama administration is busy slotting U.S. ambas...

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.

Anybody Know What 'Smart Power' Means?

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lionel Beehner

Hand it to Hillary Clinton. She's managed to sum up the bold new direction of US foreign policy into a bumper-friendly catchphrase: smart power. Sufficiently vague, the phrase is remarkable for its meaninglessness.

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.