Joseph Nye / Foreign Policy
When Foreign Policy first published my essay “Soft Power” in 1990, who would have expected that someday the term would be used by the likes of Hu Jintao or Vladimir Putin? Yet Hu told the Chinese Communist Party in 2007 that China needed to increase its soft power, and Putin recently urged Russian diplomats to apply soft power more extensively. Neither leader, however, seems to have understood how to accomplish his goals.
In a recent speech at the 2012 Institute for Cultural Diplomacy conference, former Canadian Minister of Foreign Trade Stockwell Day argues that cultural diplomacy can be used to advance certain broad principles that can help alleviate poverty around the world.
Claire Provost and Rich Harris / The Guardian
China has committed $75bn (£48bn) on aid and development projects in Africa in the past decade, according to research which reveals the scale of what some have called Beijing’s escalating soft power “charm offensive” to secure political and economic clout on the continent.
Andrew Prempeh / Foreign Policy Journal
Imagine a world where lack of a basic education is rampant, where poverty and corruption play a role in every country, and where force is sufficient to require obedience.
Philip Seib / CPD Blog
As an indication of how online media are becoming ever more dominant in our world, consider two newspaper front pages (the ink-on-paper versions) on Wednesday, April 24.
Mya Frazier / EdmondSun
More than two years ago, as governments on two continents were preparing to launch anti-trust investigations against it, Google began moving aggressively onto the turf of states.
Jon Stewart, Bassem Youssef, & U.S. Embassy, Cairo: Reconceptualizing diplomatic norms in the Digital Age
Alex Laverty / CPD blog
On April 3, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo tweeted a link to a video of popular political satirist Jon Stewart. For most Twitter users, this would be nothing out of the ordinary. @USEmbassyCairo usually posts links to opportunities for Egyptians for exchange programs with the United States and the activities of the Mission’s staff in English.
On Our Flashpoint Blog
Are we in danger of losing our soft power edge to Russia and China? At this point, the answer is no. Should we be frightened by their efforts to augment and enhance their soft power? The answer is also no.
Lívia Pontes Fialho
China is eyeing Africa’s natural resources, which Brazil has plenty of. While China’s economic capabilities far surpass Brazil’s, cultural ties and soft power may give the South American nation an edge.
With author Nicholas J. Cull, Professor of Public Diplomacy, USC.
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