Soft Power, Hard Realities

Posted: May 13, 2011 in Songs of Space and Nuclear War

soft power mangaAmiel 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.


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