Science, not Hollywood or Starbucks, is America's best soft power

Reply Tue 29 Jun, 2010 07:04 pm
The US should pursue science diplomacy with Muslim-majority countries, which would complement efforts to promote human rights.
By Ahmed Zewail / June 28, 2010

Pasadena, Calif.
In today’s world, America’s soft power is commonly thought to reside in the global popularity of Hollywood movies, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and Starbucks. But the facts tell a different story.

In a recent poll involving 43 countries, 79 percent of those surveyed said that what they most admire about the United States is its leadership in science and technology. The artifacts of the American entertainment industry came in a distant second.

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So do you agree with the author's assessment?

A question for the international/global residents of a2k:
How would you rank the cultural exports from the US?
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Reply Tue 29 Jun, 2010 07:19 pm
yes, I do agree.
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