America in the World: Hard vs. Soft Power

Mr. Kristol and Mr. Nye discussed “America in the World: Hard vs. Soft Power,” in a public lecture in the Cole Assembly Room at Converse Hall at Amherst College. Hard power is the idea… read more

Mr. Kristol and Mr. Nye discussed “America in the World: Hard vs. Soft Power,” in a public lecture in the Cole Assembly Room at Converse Hall at Amherst College. Hard power is the idea that a country’s power comes from strong military and diplomatic methods. The concept of soft power, as opposed to hard power, is the idea that a country’s power comes from economic and cultural methods. An example of soft power is the spread of American companies and pop culture throughout the globe. Mr. Kristol talked about the benefits of and necessity for hard power in global politics. Mr. Nye, countered with his assessment that soft power is a necessary element for a successful foreign policy. They discussed the war in Iraq and that country’s reconstruction, the war on terrorism, and American foreign affairs.

Mr. Kristol is the co-author (with Lawrence Kaplan) of The War Over Iraq: Saddam’s Tyranny and America’s Mission. Mr. Nye’s most recent books are The Paradox of American Power: Why the World’s Only Superpower Can’t Go It Alone and Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics. close

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Program ID:
184219-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Forum
Location:
Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
First Aired:
Oct 31, 2004 | 7:58am EST | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Nov 01, 2004 | 1:32pm EST | C-SPAN 2

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  • Oct 31, 2004 | 7:58am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 01, 2004 | 7:30am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 01, 2004 | 1:32pm EST | C-SPAN 2
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