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Unformatted text preview: Poli Sci 255-2 16:20 The Paradox of American Power: What is power? 1. The US is still a superpower, but it cant go it alone. 2. US national interest extends beyond its borders. 3. International order as a public good. Joseph Nye Power as capability? Hard power Specific tangible and intangible characteristics of states, including the size, level of income, population, armed forces, leadership and negotiation skills etc. Military spending US 43% military spending Economics and GDP US has 23% of GDP in the world Power as influence? Soft power The ability to get another actor to do what it would not have otherwise done. The ability to evoke support from others [is] quite as important as the capacity to compel. Secretary of State Dean Acheson, 1951 Diplomacy the art of letting someone have it your way. Using tools in order to get other Diplomacy the art of letting someone have it your way....
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