Friday, November 18, 2005

Foreign students help bolster national security

Joseph S. Nye Jr., a professor of international relations at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, said that parents used to ask him, “How can you give away [enrollment spots] to foreigners” when there are Americans that need them, Nye recalled. “Because it’s one of the best investments we can make,” he said. Nye said having foreigners “learn here, make friends here ... is a tremendous source of attraction” that bolsters America’s “soft power.” The fight against terrorism is “not something we can win without soft power,” Nye said. “In the information age, it’s not just whose army wins, but whose story wins.”


... [Nye] added that student visas are not the preferred method of entry for terrorists.

The full story by David Epstein is here.

PS: Sigh! I should remember to do a spell-check on my posts before posting them. The title should have a 'bolster' instead of the other word. On the other hand, poorly spelled words can also be helpful if one is looking for traffic ...