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The Divided WorldHuman Rights and Its Violence$
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Randall Williams

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665419

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665419.001.0001

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The Transition from Dumb to Smart Power

The Transition from Dumb to Smart Power

(p.111) Coda The Transition from Dumb to Smart Power
The Divided World

Randall Williams

University of Minnesota Press

This concluding chapter focuses on the concept of “smart power”. At the 2009 U.S. Senate confirmation hearing, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laid out her thoughts for how to advance U.S. interests in the post-Bush period. For Clinton, smart power recognizes that “international law and international institutions are tools that help us to promote and advance our interests and values, not traps that limit American power.” She argued that the Bush administration had presented the American people with a series of false choices: hard power versus soft, force versus diplomacy, and unilateralism versus multilateralism. Suzanne Nossel advanced the concept of smart power as a means to revive liberal internationalism.

Keywords:   smart power, Hillary Clinton, international law, international institutions, American power, Suzanne Nossel, liberal internationalism

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