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Smart Power

Voice of America YouTube Channel
Hillary Clinton Advocates “Smart Power”

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Synopsis:
Hillary Clinton advocates the use of “smart power.”

Critical Thinking Questions:

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Where does smart power fit within the theoretical perspectives in the text?
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How would an advocate of the radical school differ from Secretary Clinton in defining smart power?
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Russian Policy and the Theoretical Lens

Russia Today YouTube Channel
“Global Security—Russia’s Standpoint”

Synopsis:
News report on a Russian-sponsored conference on security issues for the twenty-first century. The conference was intended to promote an alternative to U.S.-backed ideas about security.

Critical Thinking Questions:

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Which of the theoretical approaches discussed in this chapter reflect the attitudes of the participants of this summit? To what degree does this summit demonstrate the influence of these theories on policy decisions?
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Select a theoretical perspective from Chapter 3 that you did not discuss in the first question. How would the attitudes of the countries attending the summit have been different if they had been formed by your alternative theoretical lens?

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These video clips and associated critical thinking questions provide real-world insights into international relations.