Sunday, September 3, 2017

Anti-Americanism and the Limits of Public Diplomacy: Winning Hearts and Minds? by Stephen Brooks

Anti-Americanism and the Limits of Public Diplomacy: Winning Hearts and Minds? by Stephen Brooks

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English | 2016 | ISBN: 1138949213 | 168 Pages | PDF | 1.26 MB

Contrary to the view held by many who study American foreign policy, public diplomacy has seldom played a decisive role in the achievement of the country's foreign policy objectives. The reasons for this are not that the policies and interventions are ill-conceived or badly executed, although this is sometimes the case. Rather, the factors that limit the effectiveness of public diplomacy lie almost entirely outside the control of American policy-makers. In particular, the resistance of foreign opinion-leaders to ideas and information about American motives and actions that do not square with their pre-conceived notions of the United States and its activities in the world is an enormous and perhaps insurmountable wall that limits the impact of public diplomacy.

This book does not conclude that public diplomacy has no place in the repertoire of American foreign policy. Instead, the expectations held for this soft power tool need to be more realistic. Public diplomacy should not be viewed as a substitute for hard power tools that are more likely to be correlated with actual American influence as opposed to the somewhat nebulous concept of American standing.


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Dr. Stephen Brooks

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Phone: 519-253-3000 ext 2352
Office: Chrysler Hall North 1138

Ph.D., Carleton University, 1985

Courses taught
45-100 Introduction to Canadian Government and Politics
45-232 Government and Politics of the United States
45-288 Selected Topics in Current Political Issues
45-361 US Foreign Policy
45-431 Seminar in Comparative Politics
45-434 Seminar in the Politics of the United States
45-514 Canadian Politics: Participation and Process
Click here for more info on the EU Study Abroad Program, directed by Dr. Brooks.

Professor Brooks teaches in the areas of Canadian politics and American politics. His research interests include the political influence of intellectuals, political thought in Canada and the United States, and foreign perceptions of American politics.

Recent publications
2015. Winning Hearts and Minds? Anti-Americanism and the Limits of Public Diplomacy. New York: Routledge.
2015. Canadian Democracy: An Introduction, 8th edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press.
2013. Understanding American Politics, 2nd edition (with Doug Koopman and J. Matthew Wilson). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
2013. American Exceptionalism in the Age of Obama. New York: Routledge.
2013. Policy Expertise in Contemporary Democracies (co-edited with Tomasz Zyro and Dorota Stasiak). London: Ashgate.
2012. Canadian Democracy: An Introduction, 7th edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

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