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[mass noun] A coercive approach to international political relations, especially one that involves the use of military power.Compare with soft power
- ‘In many ways, soft power is more important than hard power.’
- ‘As he looks ahead to the history books, however, he seems to realize that hard power alone will not consolidate his position.’
- ‘Hard power is having the capabilities to get others to do what you want them to do.’
- ‘We all know that America is pre-eminent in the area of hard power.’
- ‘World domination - superpowerdom - is all about hard power and soft power, military might and cultural impact.’
- ‘Mr Benn went on to say that the battle against terrorism in an "interconnected world" cannot be won by "hard power" alone.’
- ‘Government tends to do hard power with a reasonable level of incompetence, and soft power with an incredible level of incompetence.’
- ‘In fact, the goal of spreading democracy should be a great progressive project; the means need to combine soft and hard power.’
- ‘With its allies, it had used hard power, not soft.’
- ‘What was once enforced by the soft power of culture becomes enforced by the hard power of the state.’
- ‘For most of history, government stuck to hard power.’
- ‘Soft economic power goes hand in hand with hard power.’
- ‘As for military might - hard power - our fears are again overdone.’
- ‘The instruments of hard power have their limits in shaping the world.’
- ‘Ultimately, soft power is more effective than hard power.’
- ‘The United States currently spends 450 times as much on hard power as on soft power.’
- ‘Soft power is not simply the reflection of hard power.’
- ‘Such an epidemic could undermine the elements of hard power discussed above.’
- ‘The US has tested to the limit the hard power of military supremacy.’
- ‘Europeans have felt oppressed by America's excessive demonstration of hard power.’
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