The future of power / Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
Publication year: c2011.
Call Number JC330 .N94 2011
Media class: Book
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs
ISBN: 9781586488918 1586488910 9781610390699 9781586488925 1586488929
Additional information: xviii, 298 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Total no. of loans: 50
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In the era of Kennedy and Khrushchev, power was expressed in terms of nuclear missiles, industrial capacity, numbers of men under arms, and tanks lined up ready to cross the plains of Eastern Europe. By 2010, none of these factors confer power in the same way: industrial capacity seems an almost Victorian virtue, and cyber threats are wielded by non-state actors. Politics changed, and the nature of power, defined as the ability to affect others to obtain the outcomes you want, had changed dramatically. Power is not static; its story is of shifts and innovations, technologies and relationships. Joseph Nye is a long-time analyst of power and a hands-on practitioner in government. Many of his ideas have been at the heart of recent debates over the role America should play in the world: his concept of "soft power" has been adopted by leaders from Britain to China; "smart power" has been adopted as the bumper-sticker for the Obama Administration's foreign policy. This book is the summation of his work, as relevant to general readers as to foreign policy specialists. It is a vivid narrative that delves behind elusive faces of power to discover its enduring nature in the cyber age.
Preface -- Part I. Types of power -- 1. What is power in global affairs? -- 2. Military power -- 3. Economic power -- 4. Soft power -- Part II. Power shifts : diffusion and transitions -- 5. Diffusion and cyberpower -- 6. Power transition : the question of American decline -- Part III : Policy -- 7. Smart power.
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