Wednesday, February 09, 2005

For those of you who missed it, Condoleezza Rice (I misspelled it last time) gave a great speech in Paris, France yesterday. It seems she's been reading some of Joseph Nye's stuff on soft power, or at least these two sentences seem to indicate she has been:
In our time we have an historic opportunity to shape a global balance of power that favors freedom -- and that will therefore deepen and extend the peace. And I use the word "power" broadly, because even more important than military and indeed economic power is the power of ideas, the power of compassion, and the power of hope.
If you'd like to read the entire speech (perhaps we can call it the "Rice Doctrine" by which she will operate for the next four years barring any 9/11-like events that would require another sudden shift in policy and thinking) you can find it here. (While searching for the transcript on, I couldn't help but be amazed by the long list of speeches and interviews she's done during her trip. The list is available here.)


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