'It is no longer enough to be strong' — Hillary Clinton

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Photo by: William Ng / U.S. State Department

    How is the United States harnessing the “tools of global economics” to advance its interests abroad and retain its position in the global stage? Through smart power.

    In an opinion piece for the New Statesman, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledged that “it is no longer enough to be strong” in today’s changing times. She said the United States needs to expand its “foreign policy toolbox” and change the way it does business.

    One way it’s doing this is through engaging in public-private collaborations, development partnerships and making use of modern technologies to connect to people around the world via social media.

    Much of these are thanks to emerging powers such as China, India and Brazil, which, according to Clinton, has gained influence through economic growth and not due to the “size of their armies.” Clinton acknowledged the contribution of the youth as well, who have shown the power of SMS and Twitter in pushing for democracy and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa.

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      Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.