President Woodrow Wilson 's Speech

1160 Words Nov 30th, 2016 5 Pages
Throughout the semester Joseph Nye’s signature concepts of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ power have been analyzed amongst the backdrop of U.S. foreign relations. ‘Hard power’ is the use of “coercion i.e. military and economic means to influence the behavior of other political bodies” (Hudson). This contrasts to ‘Soft power’ which is the use of “attraction to produce desired foreign policy results [by focusing] on three key resources: culture, political values, and foreign policies” (Hudson). Through the wielding and usage of the tools of ‘soft power’ ideas about U.S. values and culture have been able to attract partners and support to Washington without the use of force and/or threat of further war and atrocity. Due to this fact it appears ‘soft power’ is more integral to influencing foreign relations, especially when considering the effects of actions such as President Woodrow Wilson’s establishment of a Committee on Public Information, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech, and President Harry Truman’s support for the Marshall Plan. The first key resource of ‘soft power,’ culture, can be addressed when speaking to the establishment of the Committee on Public Information (CPI) by President Woodrow Wilson on April 13, 1917 in order to usher support for U.S. participation in World War I. Headed by George Creel, the CPI was a model of public mobilization tasked with presenting the “absolute selflessness of America’s aims,” through the use of “mass media to call upon…
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