Soft Power

Winter is Coming Book Review Garry Kasparov
Better Bundle Up

Kasparov argues in Winter is Coming that Putin and his kleptocratic government poses serious risks for the world’s democracies as the oligarchs maintain their wealth and power by any means necessary.

Sunni Tribes
Countering Islamic Violent Extremism in the Fertile Crescent: The Sunni Tribes are the Center of Gravity

This article about how U.S. foreign policy could build relations with Sunni tribes first appeared in Issue 2 (Winter 2016)…

NATO’s Gathering Storm

Under threat, Europe is at another crossroads. Whether NATO will help it find the right direction is an open question.

Words Matter, the Right Words Matter Most
Words Matter, the Right Words Matter Most

“Radical Islam” points us in the wrong direction to identify the kind of Islam that motivates America’s enemies and is too vague to accomplish the defining and limiting that is needed for the grounding of expectations and the setting of strategy.

Soft Power
Soft Power at the Ukrainian Embassy

Whether intentional or not, the Ukrainian embassy’s open house was a clever play at soft power, specifically through attraction.

Eurovision Soft Power Lesson
Eurovision’s Soft Power Lesson

Jamala’s victory at Eurovision, a popular singing competition most Americans have never heard of, offers lessons in soft power.

Oman Sultan Qaboos Peacemaker
Oman, the Peacemaker

In the chaotic and often violent aftermath of the Arab Spring, the Sultanate of Oman has moved to a different beat, distinguishing itself as a peacemaker and mediator in comparison to its neighboring Arab states.

Soft Power
Soft Power and Preparing for an Iraq after ISIS

On April 2 at Providence’s “Islam, the Middle East, and Christian Engagement with the Middle East” event in Middleburg, Virginia, Chris Seiple spoke about how Americans and Christians could use soft power to engage with various communities.