Lilah Wilder

Soft Power: The Overlooked Key to International Relations, National Security, and Counter-Extremism

As an intern in Office of Press and Public Diplomacy within the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, I will present on the importance of soft power in U.S. foreign policy concerning the Middle East and North Africa. One of our office’s functions is to design, support, and implement people-to-people exchanges and programs at the State Department and abroad through contact with our embassies in order to improve overall relations between our countries. I have realized that the State Department sees soft power as an incredibly valuable tool for not only improving our relations with MENA countries, but also promoting stability, female empowerment, economic empowerment, etc. and preventing the growth of extremism in those countries. I will discuss specific programs I have been working on and outside research on the impact of soft power in international relations as well.

Major: Global and International Studies & French
Study Abroad: France, Morocco


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