Hard Power, Soft Power, and Energy Power

The New Foreign Policy Tool

Michael T. Klare
Used oil barrels at a storage facility in Seattle, Washington, February 12, 2015.
Used oil barrels at a storage facility in Seattle, Washington, February 12, 2015. (Jason Redmond / Courtesy Reuters)
The debate over whether U.S. interests abroad are better served by hard power or soft power is perennial. Now there is a third option—energy power—about which Democrats and Republicans seem to agree.
Snapshot

Out for Blood in Russia

Gregory Feifer
Nemtsov was no ordinary Russian opposition figure. Others may have been as brave, as dedicated, and as intelligent. But none have matched his position as a symbol of post-Soviet promise who reached crowning heights in government and later upheld his ideals as a dogged Kremlin critic.
Snapshot

Likud or Likudn't?

Brent E. Sasley
Observers accuse Netanyahu of using his recent speech to the U.S. Congress to drum up support in the upcoming Israeli election. But even there, his talk will probably matter very little.
Capsule Review

Today's Book: Game Changers

Richard N. Cooper
This short book offers a window into research and development taking place at MIT, Stanford, and other U.S. universities that in the next decade or two might revolutionize the production and consumption of energy.
Snapshot
Hervé Rakoto Razafimbahiny

Haiti is at risk of returning to a dangerous cycle of coups and conflict unless the country and the international community work together to tackle the root of the instability: bad governance, corruption, widespread poverty, and inept foreign intervention.

A man stands in front of his stall selling the national flags of European Union members in Athens, February 28, 2015.
Postscript
Stathis N. Kalyvas

Greece and its European partners are now expected to reach a new, long-term deal for the country’s financing by June. Given the dire state of the Greek finances and its continuing exclusion from bond markets, this agreement could take the form of a third bailout reaching 30 billion euros.

Review Essay
Alan S. Blinder

A recent book of essays by top economists suggests that many of the lessons of the 2008 financial crisis were ones that should have been learned long before the meltdown. The problem is that during good times, people forget.

Snapshot
John B. Judis

The Democratic and Republican divide over Israel may be at its worst, but bipartisan support for Israel began to erode decades ago.

Women hold up pictures of the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians beheaded by ISIS in Libya, February 17, 2015.
Snapshot
Geoffrey Howard

ISIS is no longer just an Iraq and Syria problem. For months now, the terrorist group has been pushing into Libya as well.

Times Square in New York, January 18, 2015.
Snapshot
Janine Davidson

The president’s second National Security Strategy articulates a belief in a peaceful, rules-based international order; it also reaffirms the fact that none of this can happen without the leadership of the United States.

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