A Shift to Soft Power

Friedman, Norman
September 2008
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Sep2008, Vol. 134 Issue 9, p90
Conference Proceeding
The article focuses on a new national defense strategy, approved by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert F. Gates in July 2008, that made the war against terrorists the overriding priority. It states that the new strategy emphasized the role of allies and partners in a world in which the U.S. is still the most powerful country, and recommended cooperation to reduce competition. It mentions that Gates argues that while military power is vital, the soft power will be extremely important in this fight.


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