Whatever happened to soft power?

Joseph S. Nye in ASPI’s The Strategist considers the China/US dynamic at the end of 2021 through the lens of hard and soft power. He frames Biden’s holding of the Summit, and China’s reaction to its non-invitation as a “great-power competition over soft power”, whereby countries attempt to influence others through attraction. Soft power comes … Continued

Will Asia buy into the Summit for Democracy?

Andrew Yeo of the Brookings Institution considers the perspectives of voices from Asia, contrasting them particularly with the enthusiasm for the Summit largely expressed across Europe. Though President Biden has stated democracy as a key foreign policy value, it has been less prominent in the US administration’s relations with nations in Asia. The article also … Continued

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