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About "Soft Power"
“Soft power” is a foreign policy philosophy that focuses on using diplomatic influence to achieve political objectives. This is the opposite of “hard power,” or force. Which one works the best is debatable. Actions taken by the Trump administration such as withdrawing funding from international initiatives and imposing trade sanctions have been met with conflicting responses. Some claim these actions undermine the standing of the US as a desirable ally, while others argue that a clear and hardline stance is necessary to maintain governmental credibility.
As tensions with North Korea shift, conflict in the Middle East increases, and the European Union struggles with member exits, the dichotomy between soft and hard power as a foreign policy stance has reentered political discussions. Both of these approaches have the ability to be helpful or harmful depending on the situation, thus analyzing each event and situation to determine the correct approach will be crucial in forming effective policies.
This week’s topics of debate include soft power and hard power, epistemology and truth, immigration reform, the second amendment, Venezuelan refugees, and more!
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