Richard L. Armitage has had a distinguished career in public service, most recently as deputy secretary of state (2001-2005). He was also assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs (1983-1989). A decorated Vietnam veteran, Secretary Armitage is president of Armitage International and sits on the CSIS Board of Trustees. Joseph S. Nye, Jr., is currently a distinguished service professor at Harvard University and a former dean of the Kennedy School of Government. He earlier served as assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs (1994-1995) and chairman of the National Intelligence Council (1993-1994). Dr. Nye sits on the CSIS Board of Trustees.
A Smarter, More Secure America: A Report of the CSIS Commission on Smart Powerby Richard L. Armitage, Joseph S. Nye Jr., Carola McGiffert (Editor), Craig Cohen (Editor)
America's image and influence have declined precipitously around the world. To maintain a leading role in global affairs, the United States must move from eliciting fear and anger to inspiring optimism and hope. In 2006, CSIS launched a bipartisan Commission on Smart Power to develop a vision to guide America's global engagement. This report lays out the commission's findings and a discrete set of recommendations for how the next president of the United States, regardless of political party, can implement a smart power strategy. The United States must become a smarter power by once again investing in the global goodproviding things people and governments in all quarters of the world want but cannot attain in the absence of American leadership. By complementing U.S. military and economic might with greater investments in soft power, America can build the framework it needs to tackle tough global challenges. Specifically, the United States should focus on five critical areas detailed in this report: alliances and institutions, global development, public diplomacy, economic integration, and technology and innovation.
Implementing a smart power strategy will require a strategic reassessment of how the U.S. government is organized, coordinated, and budgeted. The next president should consider a number of creative solutions to maximize the administration's ability to organize for success, including the appointment of a "double-hatted" deputy to both the national security adviser and the director of the Office of Management and Budget who could carry out a smart power strategy.
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