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Soft Power, Hard Issues

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Publication Date: January 2005

Publisher(s): Aspen Institute

Author(s): Shanthi Kalathil

Topic: Government (Foreign relations)
Media, telecommunications, and information (Information policy)

Keywords: Information and communications technologies; American public diplomacy; Communications policy; International relations


The report explores the growing importance of soft power by looking at two crucial areas of international tension, the U.S. role in the Middle East and Sino-American relations. The role of information and communications technologies in American public diplomacy in the Middle East and American's relations with China is a central theme in the reports.