Hampson: Is Conservative foreign policy different from Liberal foreign policy?"

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September 5, 2011
Director of the Global Security program and Distinguished Fellow at CIGI and Chancellor's Professor at Carleton University

The short answer is that the Liberals under Chretien-Axworthy promoted the Soft Power foreign policy brand with their human security agenda. Under Harper, the Conservatives have been champions of Hard Power with our mission in Afghanistan and our more recent role in Libya. It is time now to have a Smart Power foreign policy, which makes good use of both Hard and Soft Power and which recognizes they are but two sides of the same coin.