Soft Power and US Foreign Policy

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LSE Book Launch ImageProfessor Michael Cox and Professor Inderjeet Parmar will discuss their new book, Soft Power and US Foreign Policy: Theoretical, Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, with Professor Joseph Nye of Harvard University and Professor Christopher Hill from the University of Cambridge.

Since the American-led invasion of Iraq and the subsequent military occupation of the country, new attention has been brought to the meaning and instruments of soft power, particularly in the context of US foreign policy. In this edited collection of new work by outstanding authors in their field, contributors provide the most extensive discussion of soft power to date.

Soft power, originally coined by Joseph Nye, concerns the use of attraction and persuasion rather than coercion or force in foreign policy. It arises from the attractiveness of a country’s culture, political ideals and policies. Smart power, as the combination of hard and soft power is known, is the emblem under which President Obama’s foreign and national security policies are justified. The panellists will reflect on the concept of soft power and insights that the Obama Administration might gain from the experiences of his predecessor.


Professor Michael Cox is Professor of International Relations at LSE and Co-Director of LSE IDEAS, the Centre for the Study of Diplomacy and Strategy. He was appointed to a Chair in International Relations at the LSE in 2003.

Professor Inderjeet Parmar is Professor of Government at the University of Manchester. He is a member of the Working Group on Think Tanks at the Social Science Research Council, USA and Vice Chair of the British International Studies Association.

Professor Joseph S. Nye Jr., is Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, the Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations and former Dean of the Kennedy School.

Professor Christopher Hill is Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations and a member of the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2007.

Refreshments will be served from 1530.

Members of the panel will be on hand to sign copies of the book which will be on sale.

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