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The Battle for Hearts and Minds : Using Soft Power to Undermine Terrorist Networks - Alexander T.J. Lennon

The Battle for Hearts and Minds

Using Soft Power to Undermine Terrorist Networks

By: Alexander T.J. Lennon (Editor)

Paperback Published: 28th September 2003
ISBN: 9780262621793
Number Of Pages: 352
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Although military operations have dominated media coverage of the war on terrorism, a much broader array of policy options may hold the key to reducing the appeal of global terrorist networks, particularly in economically destitute areas. These strategies involve the use of "soft power," a term first used by political scientist Joseph Nye in a 1990 article in "Foreign Policy" to describe nonmilitary strategies to shape international relations and behavior. "The Battle for Hearts and Minds" discusses four aspects of soft power. The first section of the book considers failed or failing states as havens for transnational terrorist networks, and examines the most effective ways to build stable nations in unstable regions, including focused looks at Afghanistan and Sierra Leone. The second section explores postconflict reconstruction, including in-depth examinations of security, justice and reconciliation, opportunities for achieving socioeconomic well-being, and increased participation in government. The third section examines public diplomacy, asking whether the United States needs new policies or simply a new image to increase its appeal in the Arab and Muslim world. The final section of the book looks at foreign assistance, and assesses the potential of the current administration's "Millennium Challenge Account" (or as one contributor puts it, "Compassionate Conservatism Meets Global Poverty") to combat poverty, increase democracy, and reduce the appeal of terror. "The Battle for Hearts and Minds" presents a balanced assessment of the role that nonmilitary options can play against transnational terrorist networks.

"Success in the struggle against terrorism will require a strong offense, a tough defense but also a long term strategy. We have to ask ourselves: what can the United States do to shape the international environment in ways that will make us more secure? This thoughtful and provocative volume offers some important answers."--Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee "America needs both our hard military power and our soft power--the power to attract rather than coerce. This book is a very good place to start exploring the realities of both." Joseph S. Nye, Jr. , Dean, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Introduction: The Battle for Hearts and Mindsp. vii
Prologue: The Role Of Military Power
The Limits of Military Powerp. 3
The Future of International Coalitions: How Useful? How Manageable?p. 29
Forging an Indirect Strategy in Southeast Asiap. 45
The Imbalance of Terrorp. 65
State Failure And Nation Building
The New Nature of Nation-State Failurep. 79
Do Terrorist Networks Need a Home?p. 94
Democracy by Force: A Renewed Commitment to Nation Buildingp. 108
Strategic Democracy Building: How U.S. States Can Helpp. 130
Sierra Leone: The State That Came Back from the Deadp. 150
Postconflict Reconstruction
Toward Postconflict Reconstructionp. 169
Building Better Foundations: Security in Postconflict Reconstructionp. 184
Dealing with Demons: Justice and Reconciliationp. 200
Achieving Socioeconomic Well-Being in Postconflict Settingsp. 215
Governing When Chaos Rules: Enhancing Governance and Participationp. 232
Public Diplomacy
Public Diplomacy Comes of Agep. 251
Deeds Speak Louder Than Wordsp. 262
Winning the War of Ideasp. 282
A Broadcasting Strategy to Win Media Warsp. 299
Transforming Foreign Assistance
Compassionate Conservatism Confronts Global Povertyp. 317
Will the Millenium Challenge Account Be Different?p. 342
Promoting Democratization Can Combat Terrorismp. 362
Lessons and New Directions for Foreign Assistancep. 381
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ISBN: 9780262621793
ISBN-10: 0262621797
Series: Washington Quarterly Readers
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 28th September 2003
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.57