Posts Tagged ‘Soft Power’
However, it is tougher to show overt successes in diplomacy whereas military success is easier to see.
From the current failures in Zimbabwe, Burma, Sudan and “other godforsaken places”, one could add North Korea and Iran to the mix.
Krauthammer argues for successes in Kuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan, but Afghanistan now leaves much to be determined.
The HD took the afternoon off to stroll over to the Royal United Services Institute and attend this event: the launch of the book, Soft Power and US Foreign Policy. There were several big name international relators in da house, including Professors Michael Cox, Inderjeet Parmar, Joseph Nye, and Christopher Hill.
From the invitation email: “Since the American-led invasion of Iraq and the subsequent military occupation of the country, new attention has been brought to the meaning and instruments of soft power, particularly in the context of US foreign policy. In this edited collection of new work by outstanding authors in their field, contributors provide the most extensive discussion of soft power to date.”
The HD has long been a proponent of soft, as well as saucy, power so it was a great honor to see Professor Nye in the flesh. After the event, Professor Nye (no relation to Bill Nye the Science Guy) had to rally race over to Chatham House to speak. A colleague and I were in hot pursuit of the Professor and accosted him on Whitehall so that we could have a picture with him (Pics or It Didn’t Happen). He indicted that he was in a rush, but the HD used his prolific interpersonal skills to swindle the cheekiest of photos (the HD may have even rubbed the good Professor’s lower back to get a smile out of him)! The HD thought about giving the good Professor his business card (you know, the one that says “This certifies that you have had a personal encounter with the HD and that you found him warm, polite, intelligent and funny”) but decided to leave it at a solid handshake.
As always, the HD’s face is redacted for national security and safety reasons. In addition, the HD is no longer in London.
The HD wishes to extend his deepest of gratitudes to his colleague who took this LEGENDARY photo and the Professor.