The Future of Power

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PublicAffairs, Feb 1, 2011 - Political Science - 320 pages
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The Future of Power examines what it means to be forceful and effective in a world in which the traditional ideas of state power have been upended by technology, and rogue actors.

Joseph S. Nye, Jr., a longtime analyst of power and a hands-on practitioner in government, delivers a new power narrative that considers the shifts, innovations, bold technologies, and new relationships that are defining the twenty-first century. He shows how power resources are adapting to the digital age and how smart power strategies must include more than a country's military strength.

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, unsurpassed in military strength and ownership of world resources, the United States was indisputably the most powerful nation in the world. Today, China, Russia, India, and others are increasing their share of world power resources. Information once reserved for the government is now available for mass consumption. The Internet has literally put power at the fingertips of nonstate agents, allowing them to launch cyberattacks from their homes. The cyberage has created a new power frontier among states, ripe with opportunity for developing countries. To remain at the pinnacle of world power, the United States must adopt a strategy that designed for a global information age.
 

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This is a sophisticated analysis of power. The scholarship behind the analysis is impressive: Nye seems to have a real example for every variation of power that he examines. At times going through the ... Read full review

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Illuminating analysis of the mechanisms of power shaping global politics.Nye Jr.'s latest book (International Relations/Harvard Univ.; The Powers to Lead, 2008, etc.) steers the traditional debate ... Read full review

Contents

What Is Power in Global Affairs?
3
Military Power
25
Economic Power
51
Soft Power
81
DIFFUSION
111
6
118
American Decline
153
Smart Power
207
Acknowledgments
235
Index
283
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Joseph S. Nye, Jr. is University Distinguished Professor and former Dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He has served as assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, chair of the National Intelligence Council, and a deputy under secretary of state. The author of many books, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, and the American Academy of Diplomacy.

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