20 years years ago (2001) America was attacked (9/11)
America’s SELF-CONFIDENCE (sense of INVINCIBILITY) was shattered and, I believe, has been on the decline since then
In 2001, George W Bush responded to terrorist attacks by unleashing America’s tried-and-true HARD POWER, namely its military might by invading Afghanistan and Irak (while Osama Bin Laden, 9/11’s real mastermind, was still on the loose)
In 2009, with Obama’s arrival at the White House, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used America’s SMART POWER (America’s *convening* force) to bring together foreign nations to collectively resolve global issues through diplomatic solutions (read about Smart Power: https://lnkd.in/guQkJXQ )
In 2017, with Trump as President, America reverted to HARD POWER with saber-rattling against China, North Korea, Iran
In 2021, President Joe Biden could usher in a new era of Conscious Diplomacy that leverages America’s WISE POWER to engage US allies as equal partners to co-create frugal solutions to global issues afflicting humanity like inequality, pandemics, climate change.
As America honors 20th anniversary of 9/11 in 2021, it must confidently re-engage with the world with humility