Social Media’s Influence on National Power

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Subject: International Relations

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Countries use power over other nations, businesses, people, governments, etc. to do things like conduct trade, negotiate treaties, enforce sanctions, and win hearts and minds. Some of the tools at a nation’s disposal are the elements of national power which include Diplomacy, Information, Military, and Economy (DIME). During the Arab Spring millions of tweets played a significant role influencing the political debates (O’Donnell, 2011). In this instance social media directly impacted the power of the Egyptian government. The people used Information power to spread a message quickly.
How do you think social media influences the elements of a country’s national power (DIME)? Be sure to use examples of DIME in your answer. HINT- This is not a question about Operation Security (OPSEC) in the military.
Ref: O’Donnell, C. (2011, September 12). New study quantifies use of social media in Arab Spring. University of Washington.

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