Sunday, January 30, 2005

Soft power on display off the USS Abraham Lincoln

One of my favorite political science classes in Queens College was international politics, in which we delved into political theory and read some really great stuff. One book we read was by Joseph Nye and I've been a fan (for the most part). This article presents an interesting look into his famous "soft power" idea as well as an inherent problem (the first time I'd ever seen one aside from those who just dismiss it out of hand i.e. Rumsfeld and Bush). It also points out that, contrary to what I was taught, economic power is not a type of "hard power," but rather "a third, autonomous dimension of power." It's fairly short and well-worth reading.


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