Joseph Nye’s The Future of Power

Mar 29, 2011

In a world where China and India are growing in influence, what is the place of the perennial superpower the United States? Nye, an international relations theorist, works on answering this question in his book <i>The Future of Power</i>. In this book, he focuses on applying his theory of ‘smart power’ to explain past historical events. Rather than merely outlining the uses of soft power (i.e. diplomatic power and cultural influence) and hard power (military force), he looks at the historical uses of power relative to the goals of a nation. This book then helps analyze the future of American power, and again Nye pushes for the future of soft power and his vision of ‘smart power.’

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