Joseph Nye on Soft Power

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Andrew Marr looks at what happens when political power fractures and how 'soft power' retains its influence. Peter Pomerantsev spent a decade working in Russia's fast-growing television industry and tells the story of a country changing from communism and nascent democracy to a mafia-state and oligarchy. The political analyst Joseph Nye coined the phrase 'soft power' in 1990 and in his latest essay argues that while America's economy may have been overtaken by China, the US century is far from over. Impressionist art continues to grow in popularity and price-tag, and the curator Anne Robbins looks back on the life of Paul Durand-Ruel, the 19th century art dealer and visionary who foresaw its power and marketability worldwide.
Producer: Katy Hickman.

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Joseph Nye

Joseph S. Nye is a diplomat, political scientist, a University Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard and author of the forthcoming book:

“Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era".

Peter Pomerantsev

Peter Pomerantsev is an award-winning contributor to the London Review of Books and his writing has been published in the FT, New Yorker, WSJ, Foreign Policy, Daily Beast, Newsweek and Le Monde Diplomatique.


'Nothing is True And Everything is Possible - Adventures in Modern Russia' is out now.

London Review of Books:  Peter's Blog

Anne Robbins

Anne Robbins is Co-Curator of 'Inventing Impressionism: Paul Durand Ruel and the Modern Art Market’ and Asst Curator of Post-1800 Paintings in the National Gallery, London.

The National Gallery:  Inventing Impressionism


Role Contributor
PresenterAndrew Marr
Interviewed GuestJoseph Nye
Interviewed GuestPeter Pomerantsev
Interviewed GuestAnne Robbins
ProducerKaty Hickman