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The collapse of U.S. soft power will shatter global cooperation – making nuclear proliferation, environmental destruction, failed states and diseases inevitable

Reiffel, 2k5

(Lex, Visiting Fellow at the Global Economy and Development Center of the Brookings Institution, The Brookings Institution, Reaching Out: Americans Serving Overseas, 12-27-2005, http://www.brookings.edu/views/papers/20051207rieffel.pdf)

 

The United States is struggling to define a new role for itself in the post-Cold War world that protects its vital self interests without making the rest of the world uncomfortable. In retrospect, the decade of the 1990s was a cakewalk. Together with its Cold War allies Americans focused on helping the transition countries in Eastern and Central Europe and the former Soviet Union build functioning democratic political systems and growing market economies. The USA met this immense challenge successfully, by and large, and it gained friends in the process. By contrast, the first five years of the new millennium have been mostly downhill for the USA. The terrorist attacks on 9/11/01 changed the national mood in a matter of hours from gloating to a level of fear unknown since the Depression of the 1930s. They also pushed sympathy for the USA among people in the rest of the world to new heights. However, the feeling of global solidarity quickly dissipated after the military intervention in Iraq by a narrow US-led coalition. A major poll measuring the attitudes of foreigners toward the USA found a sharp shift in opinion in the negative direction between 2002 and 2003, which has only partially recovered since then.1 The devastation of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina at the end of August 2005 was another blow to American self-confidence as well as to its image in the rest of the world. It cracked the veneer of the society reflected in the American movies and TV programs that flood the world. It exposed weaknesses in government institutions that had been promoted for decades as models for other countries. Internal pressure to turn America’s back on the rest of the world is likely to intensify as the country focuses attention on domestic problems such as the growing number of Americans without health insurance, educational performance that is declining relative to other countries, deteriorating infrastructure, and increased dependence on foreign supplies of oil and gas. A more isolationist sentiment would reduce the ability of the USA to use its overwhelming military power to promote peaceful change in the developing countries that hold two-thirds of the world’s population and pose the gravest threats to global stability. Isolationism might heighten the sense of security in the short run, but it would put the USA at the mercy of external forces in the long run. Accordingly, one of the great challenges for the USA today is to build a broad coalition of like-minded nations and a set of international institutions capable of maintaining order and addressing global problems such as nuclear proliferation, epidemics like HIV/AIDS and avian flu, failed states like Somalia and Myanmar, and environmental degradation. The costs of acting alone or in small coalitions are now more clearly seen to be unsustainable. The limitations of “hard” instruments of foreign policy have been amply demonstrated in Iraq. Military power can dislodge a tyrant with great efficiency but cannot build stable and prosperous nations. Appropriately, the appointment of Karen Hughes as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs suggests that the Bush Administration is gearing up to rely more on “soft” instruments.2

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Guest svfrey

lol, dude

soft power low now is uniqueness, not a reason why the impact is empirically denied.....

plus, don't hard link yourself into t-talk

it's not really a great idea

if you're going to go "SoPo key to heg" then just go thayer and ferguon for impacts

btdubs, jordan

that card isn't at all warranted

;)

plus, it kinda concedes that multilat solves all your terminal impacts......

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Guest svfrey

whoever the retard was that neg repped me because they think soft power is the same as multilat, you need to read more joseph nye, then come talk to me again.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_power

it's not working with other countries, it's making them do what you want, asshat

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Guest svfrey

1 SP=>Demo Promo=>insert favorite democracy impact here

2 SP=>stops russian resurgence=>US-Russia nuke war (really, the only chance of nuclear war actually happening, imho)

3 SP=>US/EU relations=>insert impact for relations here

4 SP=>internal link to multilat*=>insert multilat impact here (there are a shitload, check that massive heg file i know you have, conor)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*note: SOFT POWER IS NOT MULTILAT. IT DOES, HOWEVER, MAKE IT A LOT EASIER TO ACHIEVE.

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i agree w/ sean, and you could add

 

 

sp solves counterbalancing

sp solves terrorism

sp solves disease

sp solves middle east war

 

all mostly nye i/l's

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1 SP=>Demo Promo=>insert favorite democracy impact here

2 SP=>stops russian resurgence=>US-Russia nuke war (really, the only chance of nuclear war actually happening, imho)

3 SP=>US/EU relations=>insert impact for relations here

4 SP=>internal link to multilat*=>insert multilat impact here (there are a shitload, check that massive heg file i know you have, conor)

 

 

*note: SOFT POWER IS NOT MULTILAT. IT DOES, HOWEVER, MAKE IT A LOT EASIER TO ACHIEVE.

 

can u send this to me?

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