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The Paradox of American PowerWhy the World's Only Superpower Can't Go It Alone$
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Joseph S. Nye

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195161106

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195161106.001.0001

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The Information Revolution

The Information Revolution

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(p.41) 2 The Information Revolution
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The Paradox of American Power
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Joseph S. Nye (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195161106.003.0002

The information revolution, which is now transforming societies around the world, is also changing the nature of governments and sovereignty, increasing the role of non‐state actors, and enhancing the importance of “soft” power in foreign policy. The U.S. foreign policy needs to anticipate its effects in shaping interstate relations at three levels that affect the utility of “soft” power: first, in terms of the distribution of information management skills; second, in terms of competitive economic advantage; third, in terms of strategic intelligence‐gathering. These levels do not lie in the narrow domain of government action, but reflect broad arenas of societal capability in which “hard” power is merely tangential.

Keywords:   foreign policy, hard power, information revolution, soft power, U.S.A

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