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Illiberal “Soft Power”

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On October 22, 2021
It wasn’t that long ago – maybe five or six years – that I last heard someone claim that Russia would never posses real soft power. After all, who could look at Russia’s everyday corruption, its kleptocratic government, its extremely unequal distribution of wealth, and its “resource curse” economy and conclude “I want some of […]
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Scott’s already posted about Trump’s remarkable performance in Helsinki, which comes after his remarkable performances in London and in Brussels. Indeed, I almost worry that the appalling awfulness of the Helsinki summit will overshadow the horror show of Trump’s behavior at the NATO summit and in the country of “so many different names.” Almost. I’ve […]
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