Amiel Ungar makes a compelling case that Europe may want to step up its hard power capabilities for one reason: soft power ain’t working. The most recent evidence: Libya and Syria.
Soft power, Ungar points out, only works when one has power; when said power is concentrated in the hands of the “good guys’; and, regardless, soft power takes a long time even when conditions are just right.
Wake up and smell the power outage, Europe.
Platitudes like “smart power” were left unaddressed.