Indra Adnan, director of Soft Power Network, has been writing consistently about soft power, public diplomacy and the power of attraction and relationship in international relations for over a decade, in major UK and US publications.
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New book chapter: Indra Adnan, "The Changing Role of Soft Power", p194-5, in The Era of Global Transition: Crises and Opportunities in the New World, edited by Robert W. Davies (Palgrove Macmillan, 2012)
Indra's regular columns in the Huff Post
Posted February 21, 2013 | 4:22 PM
I suspect it was no accident that Simon Anholt's masterclass was held on the 28th floor of Millbank Tower -- one of the higher points in London (though, not yet the Shard). Instantly we were breathing the rarefied air of the global consultant, able to grasp distance as an illusion...
Posted August 9, 2012 | 12:20 PM
Against all my own expectations, the Olympic Games have emerged like unexpected blossom on a tree that only flowers erratically. When was the last time GB could stand so proudly tall? I'm reminded of the post war years when the response to the end of WW2 was to implement the...
Posted October 20, 2011 | 8:51 AM
Against all previous form, I took part in a round of the X Factor this week. It was the familiar mix of competing styles and contingent emotion, followed by measures of first kind then merciless appraisal. My group didn't win: our blend of British "existential angst" with bold Brazilian overtones...
Posted December 10, 2010 | 8:50 AM
I am ambivalent about WikiLeaks. While I go with the undisputed righteousness and emotional pull of principles like freedom of speech, I feel I am being hoodwinked and dragged into a fight that is not my own.
Posted March 8, 2010 | 8:20 AM
Is there a connection between the lack of soft power in public life and the lack of women in top leadership positions? Are women inherently more capable of soft power than men? With soft power increasingly becoming the 'weapon of choice' for international as well as...
Posted April 8, 2009 | 11:26 AM
Barack and Michelle Obama are home after a breathtaking tour which took in the G20 summit, the Nato gathering, a symbolic meeting with the Islamic world in Turkey and an unscheduled popping in to see the troops in Iraq since they were en route.
Posted February 11, 2009 | 10:22 AM
Hillary Clinton's forthcoming trip to Asia will be the first test of 'smart power' -- America's new comprehensive tool box for international relations. For those who don't keep up with the jargon, smart power is a balance between what Joseph Nye termed 'soft power' (getting results without the use...
Posted January 18, 2009 | 7:42 PM
London, UK. With less than 24 hours to go before the inauguration, I'm somewhat lost in the Presidential foreplay. From seductive portrait exhibitions of his new eclectic team of advisers to celebrity videos calling us to community action on his behalf.
Posted November 13, 2008 | 8:35 AM
The recent commemorations of the First World War conjured up some wishful thinking for me. Taking in pictures of soldiers in black and white, watching grainy footage of clunky low tech tanks, it was easy to imagine that war was somehow part of the 20th century...
Indra's Guardian columns
2 Apr 2008: Indra Adnan: Women are often berated for their 'feminine thinking', but can soft power qualities change the political game? 115 comments
19 Jul 2007: Indra Adnan: While Douglas Alexander's call for the US to use 'soft power' in international diplomacy will be widely welcomed, some may be wondering how it's done. 9 comments
27 Jul 2006: Indra Adnan: If persuasion, attraction and understanding are the new arts of power, then the future looks profoundly female. 24 comments
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