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The Future of Power,9781586488918

The Future of Power

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9781586488918

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1586488910
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Pub. Date:
2/1/2011
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Perseus Books Group
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Summary

In the era of Kennedy and Khrushchev, power was expressed in terms of nuclear missiles, industrial capacity, numbers of men under arms, and tanks lined up ready to cross the plains of Eastern Europe. By 2010, none of these factors confer power in the same way: industrial capacity seems an almost Victorian virtue, and cyber threats are wielded by non-state actors. Politics changed, and the nature of power--defined as the ability to affect others to obtain the outcomes you want--had changed dramatically. Power is not static; its story is of shifts and innovations, technologies and relationships.Joseph Nye is a long-time analyst of power and a hands-on practitioner in government. Many of his ideas have been at the heart of recent debates over the role America should play in the world: his concept of "soft power" has been adopted by leaders from Britain to China; "smart power" has been adopted as the bumper-sticker for the Obama Administration's foreign policy. This book is the summation of his work, as relevant to general readers as to foreign policy specialists. It is a vivid narrative that delves behind the elusive faces of power to discover its enduring nature in the cyber age.

Author Biography

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. is University Distinguished Service 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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Types of Power
What is Power in Global Affairs?p. 3
Military Powerp. 25
Economic Powerp. 51
Soft Powerp. 81
Power Shifts: Diffusion and Transitions
Diffusion and Cyberpowerp. 113
Power Transition: The Question of American Declinep. 153
Policy
Smart Powerp. 207
Acknowledgmentsp. 235
Notesp. 237
Indexp. 283
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