Accession Number:

ADA443792

Title:

The Information Instrument of Statecraft in a "Globalized" World

Descriptive Note:

Essay

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1998-09-14

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

The world is in the midst of an information revolution brought on by dizzying advances in computer and telecommunications technology. This information explosion is drawing societies closer together to the point that anyone with a computer, modem, and telephone can communicate with distant societies in a matter of minutes. Instant availability of information from around the globe presents new opportunities and challenges for American statecraft and for the instruments of policy. Information is more than raw data. For information to be useable it must be managed -- processed into something recognizable and useful for decision-making knowledge. In the context of state-to-state and public diplomacy, knowledge is packaged and communicated between state and non-state actors as a means to achieve U.S. foreign policy objectives. Knowledge and the means to communicate that knowledge are the critical attributes of information as an instrument of statecraft. This paper will focus on how the information instrument of statecraft stands out as a powerful tool and critical component of state-to-state and public diplomacy. It will highlight characteristics of the information instrument of policy, strengths and weaknesses of the instrument, and implications for American foreign policy.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Computer Systems
  • Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE