Towards a New Framework for Soft Power: An Observation of China’s Confucius Institute

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Kyoungtaek LEE


There are many controversial and differing opinions concerning Nye’s concept of soft power which have lead to some confusion in our understanding of what soft power actually is. By analyzing a given governmental agency, i.e. China’s Confucius Institute, I will show the problem inherent in Nye’s term soft power. I will analyze the concept of soft power as a combination of two meanings: ‘soft’ and ‘power’. I believe this research could offer a new perspective on the concept of soft power and could provide a theoretical scale for measuring different countries’ foreign policies labeled as soft power.


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