Forget Hearts and Minds
Soft power is out; sharp power is in. Here's how to win the new influence wars.
Bullies Don’t Win at Diplomacy
President Donald Trump is learning that, just because the United States is powerful, that doesn’t mean it can push other countries around.
Tech Companies Are Ruining America’s Image
The United States has become identified with the global internet economy — for better and worse.
There’s No Happy Ending for Rex Tillerson
The secretary of state has held on for a year, but it’s too late for his tenure to end well.
How a Girl Band May Unify Korea
How to solve the Korean crisis through the power of kitschy, hyperpatriotic pop music.
Trump Is the Worst Salesman America Has Ever Had
The United States is more unpopular than ever before, and that’s no accident.
America’s Not First. It’s Third.
The United States slips behind France and the U.K. in this year’s soft-power ranking.
China’s Continent-Spanning Trains Are Running Half-Empty
Beijing's funding dozens of new rail routes as part of its global ambitions — and losing money on every one. So what's the long game?
American Universities Are Welcoming China’s Trojan Horse
A growing number of Confucius Institutes are importing Chinese censorship into U.S. campuses.
To Save the State Department, Rex Tillerson May Have to Break It
Bad habits and stale thinking have subordinated Foggy Bottom to the Pentagon and NSC. Here’s what needs to change.
Don’t Gut America’s Voice and Turn It into Propaganda
The United States’ international broadcasters work because they produce real journalism, not government spin. That could change — just in time for Trump.
Killing the Islamic State Softly
Military power will win battles in Syria and Iraq, but only soft power can win the war.
Rolling Up the Welcome Mat
The United States’ best soft-power tool is an obscure government program you’ve never heard of. Does it still have a future?