TheFuture of Power
TheFuture of Power
Nye’sFuture of Power is rooted in the author’s longstanding professionas a diplomat and scholar of governance. His theories of soft andsmart power attempt to address the emerging trends of governance invarious parts of the world, particularly the major global economies.A close observation of the changing patterns is evidence that theconventional methods will not have a place in the competitiveenvironment (Danziger & Smith, 2015). Also, different countriesmay require using varied methods depending on where they put theirinterest and the objectives of development. Several criticisms can bemade with reference to Nye’s ideas. Nye’s piece of work is ablueprint of the most operative inclinations in governance because itoffers answers to the evolving problems of power and dominance.
First,the book, although seemingly pointing out to the major global powersis focused on the viability path of the United States. He is awarethat a rapidly growing economy provides the basis for all the aspectsof power (Nye, 2011). It explains why he examines the question ofAmerica’s continued dominance. Throughout the book, Nye’s appearsto be entirely optimistic that the United States will continue beingthe world’s superpower regardless of the prediction made aboutChina’s economic growth. He believes that although China will bethe biggest economy in the world by 2018, its per-capita income willbe insignificant compared to that of U.S. (Nye, 2011).
Itwill, therefore, be difficult for China to purchase a militaryhardware that will match the one possessed by the United States.However, Nye’s depiction of smart power demonstrates that heoverlooks the capacity of China in combining its soft and hardcapacities. Although the country may be at par with the United Statesmilitary hardware, it is gaining global popularity fast, and thisshould be considered as a threat.
Secondly,the book overlooks the intensifying problems in America as a resultof over-relying on private debts to empower the economy. This hasmade the government to be dependent on borrowing and being vulnerableto repeated financial crisis. This has also led to a widening socialstratification. By proposing the adoption of soft power in theAmerican government, Nye seems to have the solution for theseproblems. The hard power that the country possesses should be coupledwith development and global relevance.
Iconsider the book as a masterpiece not only for the United States butalso for other countries. Long gone are the days when countriesoverly relied on military prowess to remain dominant in theirregions. I take smart power to be the next most effective in thechanging global environment. My stance on is that it is Nye’s workas applicable in the current trend of globalization. The rationalefor this is that the author recognizes the role of technology insmart power and also acknowledges its shortcomings. His observationis an eye opener to key stakeholders in global affairs. Although theycan have dominance in land and sea, their influence in the cyberspaceis limited, and they must direct their resources to the adoption anddevelopment of technology.
Conclusively, can be said to be a masterpiece of the mosteffective trends in governance because it offers answers to theemerging challenges of power and dominance. Although Nye is writingto guide the United States, his version of smart power can be adoptedby countries in various regions. However, he seems to be overlysanguine that the United States will remain to be the globalsuperpower despite the challenge presented by China.
Danziger,J. N., & Smith, C. A. (2015). Understandingthe political world: a comparative introduction to political science.New Jersey N.J.: Pearson.
Nye,J. S. (2011). Thefuture of power.New York N.Y.: PublicAffairs.