Soft Power pp 295-301 | Cite as

Conclusions and Outlook

  • Hendrik W. Ohnesorge
Part of the Global Power Shift book series (GLOBAL)


This chapter discusses the lessons learned by the author’s overall engagement with the concept of soft power and deliberates more general prospects regarding the significance of the forces of attraction in world politics. To that end, both the newly introduced taxonomy of soft power as well as the methodological roadmap developed by the author are critically evaluated. Additionally, an outlook on the future importance of soft power in international relations is presented and prospective research questions offering promising starting points for future studies are discussed. In this context, not least based on the soft power arms race presently already taking place among nation-states and other actors, the author subscribes to an increasing importance of soft power expectable in the time to come, rendering both political and academic attention to one of the crucial concepts in international relations today all the more important.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hendrik W. Ohnesorge
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  1. 1.Center for Global StudiesUniversity of BonnBonnGermany

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