Smart power

A combination of coercion and persuasion in order to promote the national interest. It seeks to underline the importance of military force with the need to establish legitimacy and linkages. There are several illustrations of smart power. For instance, the United States has sought to encourage Turkey to promote its own presence within the region. As a secular democracy with a majority Muslim population, combined with memberhsip of NATO; Turkey provides a bridge between ‘East’ and ‘West.’