Will the Tokyo Olympics Increase Japan’s Soft Power?

July 15, 2021

Sport is often a great source of soft power, or the ability to shape the preferences of others by appeal instead of coercion or monetary incentives. The Olympic Games are a powerful tool for this type of attraction. Awarded to Germany before the Nazis came to power, the 1936 Berlin Olympics helped...

The Cultural Power of Anitta in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

June 25, 2021

Anitta is turning her back on Brazil — and for a good reason. One of the most successful Brazilian singers of the 21st century, she alone gathered over 370,000 people in just one carnival block in Rio early last year. But now she wants millions more, and from all over the world. In late...

Can Chinawood Win Soft Power for Beijing?

February 19, 2021

With movie theaters closed all over the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hollywood studios had little reason for celebration over the past year. In business for over a century, Universal Pictures (founded in 1912), Paramount (1912), Warner Bros. (1923), Walt Disney (1923) and Columbia Pictures...

Sharpening the Knives of Diplomacy

January 08, 2019

At the cutting edge of political thinking, there’s a new theory instructing us how to sharpen the knives of diplomacy. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. Political scientist Joseph S. Nye, creator of the term “neoliberalism,” became known as an American analyst of the nature of...

Investment in Soccer: A Double-Edged Sword for Gulf States

December 10, 2013

In bids to enhance their soft power, Gulf states run the risk of reputational damage. Saudi Arabia has become the latest Gulf country to discover that investment in European soccer to achieve national and corporate branding, risks reputational damage when potentially discriminatory government and...

The Geopolitical Donut: Turkey and the Iran Deal

December 05, 2013

The Iran deal could be a window of opportunity for Turkey. Amid the hubbub of excited chatter surrounding the initial six-month deal signed between Iran and the P5+1 over Tehran's nuclear program, it is worth casting our minds back to an earlier age. Indeed, May 17, 2010, seems like another...