Mr. G's AP World History

Hard Power, Soft Power…Smart Power

Posted in Key Concepts, Videos by gibault1 on September 20, 2011

For those of you in the class who are interested in further exploring these important concepts, watch the following interview with the creator of these terms, Joseph Nye.

“Emphasizing the differences between military, economic, and soft power, Nye distinguishes three chess boards or domains where the faces of power have a differential impact on behavior. Understanding this complexity makes for the possibility of smart power. Nye then discusses the rise and fall of great powers but emphasizes the importance of the diffusion of power especially apparent in the cyber domain in which the communications revolution has created new actors and new rules of the game. He then applies his concepts to recent international events including the revolution in Egypt; the Wiki leaks phenomena; and the humanitarian intervention in Libya. He concludes with a discussion of whether American institutions can adapt to the prerequisites of a smart strategy that comprehends the complexity of international life in the 21st century.”


Your Homework For Tuesday 13th

Posted in Uncategorized by gibault1 on September 9, 2011

Click HERE. Read the article. Summarize Jared Diamond’s key points (ie. isolate his key ideas; reference his main examples; explain his solutions). You can use bullet points. Aim for one typed page.

Ipods, Globalization, and Southernization

Posted in Economics, India, Southernization by gibault1 on September 1, 2011

What are the parallels that can be drawn from the following diagram and your study of Southernization?