Home > DocuBase > Article
« All DocuBase Articles
Tuesday, 1st April 2014
UK: Persuasion and Power in the Modern World
Source: House of Lords Select Committee on Soft Power and the UK’s Influence
Immense changes are taking place in the international landscape. The conditions under which international relations are conducted have undergone, and are continuing to undergo, major shifts which will accelerate and be compounded in the years immediately ahead. Unprecedented international access to state information, the digital empowerment of individuals and groups, the growing role of global protest networks and NGOs, the complexity of modern trade supply chains and multinational corporate operations, accelerated urbanisation, the increasing asymmetry of modern warfare, and transnational challenges are diffusing and fragmenting traditional state power, and enabling the world’s peoples and countries to be increasingly interconnected and interdependent. At the same time, the rising power, economic and political, of non-Western countries (the so- called ‘rise of the rest’) is altering the international balance of power and influence.
The UK, like other nations, is directly affected by these new conditions. They create a demand for new approaches in the exercise and deployment of our influence. These new methods involve generating international power through influencing other countries to want the same things as the UK, by building positive international relationships and coalitions which defend our interests and security, uphold our national reputation and promote our trade and prosperity. This has been described as the exercise of ‘soft power’, as distinct from the use of force and coercion for a nation to assert itself, labelled as ‘hard power’.
+ Direct link to document (PDF; 913 KB)
Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.
A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.
Adrian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
More articles by Adrian Janes »
Please note: DocuTicker's editors collect citations for full-text PDF reports freely available on the web but we do not archive these reports. When you click a link to find and/or download the report, you are leaving the DocuTicker site. DocuTicker makes no representations regarding the ongoing availability of any report or any external resource. Links were accurate as of the date of posting.
« All DocuBase Articles
FreePint supports the value of information in the enterprise. Read more »
Latest FreePint Content:
Skills Research - Introduction and Highlight Observations
Tuesday, 30th June 2015
Robin Neidorf reports on FreePint's research into how information professionals address skills development. In part one of the analysis she looks at drivers for the research and why investment in information skills is critical. She also examines the survey respondents, geographic locations, and the knowledge workers they support.
Have You Identified Your Skills Objectives?
Tuesday, 30th June 2015
With so many changes taking place in the way we work, ongoing skills development must play a critical role in every type of organisation. A recent FreePint Webinar explored this issue and highlighted some of the ways which information professionals can better connect skills objectives to larger organisational goals such as value, efficiency, innovation and cost savings.
Comparing Seven News Products Across Key Criteria
Monday, 29th June 2015
FreePint's "Comparative Report on News Products 2015" offers Subscribers in-depth analysis across a range of product variables for seven news products: Factiva, LexisNexis Publisher, Meltwater, Newsdesk, NewsEdge, Nexis, and Northern Light.
- ... more ...
All FreePint Content »
FreePint Topics »
A FreePint Subscription delivers articles and reports that support your organisation's information practice, content and strategy.
Find out more and order a FreePint Subscription by visiting the
completing our online form: Subscription Order page.
"FreePint has lots of content that looks really interesting to read, I look forward to getting my teeth into it."
Information Officer, Law firm
Read more testimonials and supply yours »