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"Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics"
This paper is a review of Joseph S. Nye's "Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics", which is critical of President Bush's foreign policy.
# 61737 | 1,235 words | 1 source | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Oct 23, 2005 in International Relations (U.S.) , Political Science (U.S.) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains Nye's argument that a strategy of "soft power" (using America's substantial strength of influence, international collaborative coalitions and non-lethal approaches to persuasion) is preferable to storming into a nation such as the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. The author, although supporting Nye's argument, feels that Nye's book, by using the analogy of a Roman Catholic, reads more like philosophy than prospective policy. The paper stresses that, as well-written and intelligent as Nye's book is, much of his narrative is abstract rather than specific; there are no plans on how to create the diplomacy, which Nye projects is necessary.

Table of Contents
Strengths of Nye's Arguments
Weaknesses of Nye's Arguments
Particularly Effective Examples
Missing Information to Support or Contradict His Argument
Do You Personally Agree with Nye's Soft Power Thesis?

From the Paper:

"On page 5, Nye notes that prior to "the fall of France in 1940," France and England "had more tanks than Germany, but that advantage in military power resources did not accurately predict the outcome of the battle." What Nye is generalizing about here is so completely out of context and lacking in historical reality that his editor should have pulled that analogy out of the book. Nazi Germany had been whipped into a fury of fanatical hatred and passion for power, long before Hitler invaded - and quickly crushed - France. So that example is weak. Also, Nye notes that the playground bully "loses his power as soon as the class returns from recess to a strict classroom." That is a false statement: the bully merely is put on hold temporarily, because the minute class lets out for the afternoon, the bully has all his power and uses it to its full capacity on any kid who looks vulnerable."

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