The Emergence of Noopolitik: Toward an American Information Strategy

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Chapter Four
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND CONFLICT

This chapter considers selected policy-relevant implications of the emergence of noopolitik that are likely to influence the development of American information strategy. The analysis first examines various ways in which the traditional political, economic, and military domains of grand strategy may be affected, especially in terms of the prospects for broadening and deepening international cooperation. Next, the role of information strategy in crisis and conflict is examined, both in terms of the importance of new forms of public diplomacy and the need to craft an integrated strategic information doctrine (SID) to guide the management of informational capabilities and resources in wartime.


INFORMATION STRATEGY AND GLOBAL COOPERATION

Because the very notion of a noosphere is global, it should be apparent from the outset that success in actualizing this realm of the mind depends upon the ability to enlist others—from states, to NGOs, to “deep coalitions” of the two—to cooperate in support of it. In thinking about how to build cooperation, we have modified classical notions about grand strategy to reflect the sensibilities implied by the rise of noopolitik.

Thus, economic strategy should be fused with legal structures and norms as the global economy grows ever more reliant upon ideas and knowledge products and practices for its growth and health. In the military realm, it will likewise be increasingly important to move beyond traditional quantitative measures of military effectiveness, in which one party's strength threatens another. Instead, military is-

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  • Title Page *
  • Preface iii
  • Contents v
  • Figure vii
  • Tables vii
  • Summary ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Chapter One - Whither “Information Strategy”? 1
  • Chapter Two - Recognition of the Noosphere 7
  • Chapter Three - Emergence of Noopolitik 27
  • Chapter Four - International Cooperation and Conflict 55
  • Chapter Five - Moving Ahead 71
  • Bibliography 77
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