The Information Revolution

Joseph S. Nye

in The Paradox of American Power

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780195161106
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199871087 | DOI:
 The Information Revolution

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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

Chapter.  12536 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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