Military Soft Power: Public Diplomacy through Military Educational Exchanges (Hardback)
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Military Soft Power: Public Diplomacy through Military Educational Exchanges (Hardback)

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Hardback 204 Pages / Published: 26/06/2014
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The military has long been associated with hard power, yet it is engaged in public diplomacy as it represents the United States abroad and facilitates the diffusion of ideas. Military Soft Power examines one such aspect of U.S. public diplomacy: how the United States extends its influence or "soft power" worldwide through military educational exchange programs hosted by the United States' elite military schools, its war and staff colleges.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442231283
Number of pages: 204
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 238 x 158 x 21 mm


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As the U.S. seeks to empower its partners to assume more responsibility for international security, Atkinson gives us a pioneering study to understand why, how, and when military education works. -- Derek Reveron, author of Exporting Security: International Engagement, Security Cooperation, and Changing Face of the U.S. Military
Atkinson presents an innovative and insightful study of the U.S. military as an instrument of soft power. Presenting the first systematic, data-supported analysis of the impact of military exchange programs on the roughly 7,000 foreign military and civilian personnel who attend U.S. war colleges, training courses, and conferences each year, Atkinson persuasively argues that these exchange programs yield tangible, measurable results. Drawing upon constructivist theory, Atkinson examines how professional military education acts as a conduit for transmitting norms ranging from the notion that civilian authorities should control the military to an increased appreciation of basic human rights. Thoughtful, well-researched, and refreshing, this study challenges the traditional distinction between hard and soft power, arguing that the U.S. military's vast array of schools, training courses, and exchange programs not only enhances the military proficiency of its international graduates but imbues them with a greater appreciation for democratic values and civil rights. -- Douglas Peifer, Professor of Strategy, U.S. Air War College
Military Soft Power re-frames the discussion of the value of "experience and relationships" in influencing attitudes and behaviors. Supporters of US provided mil-to-mil education and training are now armed with more than anecdotal evidence when they argue that resources used to educate international military students provide "good value for money." -- Jim Fain, U.S. Army, Retired
We generally associate military resources with the hard power of coercion, but they can also produce the soft power of attraction. No-one has shown this better than Carol Atkinson in this important and well researched book. -- Joseph S. Nye Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University
Carol Atkinson provides a fascinating study of how the transfer of ideas through international military networks shapes civil-military relationships. Making a theoretical contribution to the literature on soft power and greatly enhancing our understanding of military education exchanges, Atkinson's deeply researched work is a gem. -- James Goldgeier, American University

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