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Bolstering American Influence in Asia

By Devin T. Stewart | March 3, 2003

The Wall Street Journal Online
Article Excerpt

"The United States is losing the "image" war. And the theater of this battle has extended beyond the Middle East to Asia. Yet the U.S. has the tools necessary to ensure it remains at the center of gravity of the region. It's just a matter of using them.

"Washington now spends only a fraction of what it used to in the 1960s on nonmilitary means to promote American influence abroad, such as with foreign aid to show and convince people of the virtues of American liberal values. While freedom, democracy and human rights are not hard sells, the packaging must be right."

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