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8 Examples of Soft Power

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Soft power is the ability to influence without using the threat of military force. The term applies to the influence of nations in the international arena. The following are common examples of soft power.


Trade and economic structures such as markets.


When the elite of other nations attend your schools.


The credibility of your leadership from the perspective of other countries.


Skilled diplomats and their relationships.


Influence over institutions that orchestrate international cooperation.


Cultural influence such as entertainment and media.

Foreign Assistance

Helping developing countries to build out infrastructure and institutions.


The reputation of a nation in the eyes of the world.
Overview: Soft Power
The ability of a nation to influence without using the threat of military force.
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