Power In the 21st Century

Power in the 21st century is distributed in a pattern that resembles a complex three-dimensional chess game. (Photo by Flickr user soupboy licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license).
Power in the 21st century is distributed in a pattern that resembles a complex three-dimensional chess game. (Photo by Flickr user soupboy licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license).

The diffusion of power in the 21st century from states to nonstate actors has left more and more things outside the control of even the most powerful states. To accomplish their goals, states must do better at leveraging their smart power, which combines the hard power of coercion and payment with the soft power of persuasion and attraction. Doing so will often require wielding power with others rather than over them. What will it mean to wield power in the global information age of the 21st century? What resources will produce power? In the 16th century, control of colonies and […]

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