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In political science, Noopolitik, formed by a combination of the Greek words νόος nóos ("knowledge") and πολιτικός politikós (πολίτης polítēs "citizen", from πόλις pólis "city"), is the network-based geopolitics of knowledge. The term was invented by defense experts John Arquilla and David Ronfeldt in a 1999 RAND corporation study and often appears in connection with that of smart power.[1][2]

Difference with Realpolitik[edit]

Noopolitics is an informational strategy of manipulating international processes through the forming in the general public, by means of mass media, of positive or negative attitudes to the external or internal policies of a state or block of states, to create a positive or negative image of ideas and promulgated moral values.[3]

Noopolitik differs from realpolitik. Although realpolitik is commonly equated with hard power, and seemingly noopolitik with soft power, both are broader in their embodiment of a form of organization. Specifically, realpolitik is not limited to hard power and coercion, but embodies a hierarchical form of organization.[citation needed] Likewise, noopolitik is not limited to reliance on knowledge and soft power, but embodies a networked form of organization.[citation needed]

Versus Foucault's Biopolitics[edit]

Tiziana Terranova (2007) describes the use of the term 'noopolitics' by Maurizio Lazzarato (2004). "'Noopolitics' supplements the biopolitics of the species described by Foucault" (Terranova 2007, 139). "Against the militarization of communication accomplished by new techniques of power, it is possible to think about the constitution of such publics as counter-weapons, which work by expressing, inventing and creating possible worlds where the moment of resistance (the 'no' by which one refuses to watch, listen or believe) is the starting point for an affirmative activity" (Terranova 2007, 140). Noyer & Juanals (2008) have also discussed Noopolitik as a means of social control.[4] especially in connection with RAND's Byting back program which was published as research into counter insurgency.[5]

In the knowledge economy and the BRICS[edit]

While the term initially appeared in association with the concept of the US Revolution in Military Affairs, Noopolitik has also come to describe an interest in the knowledge economy and in particular innovation and R&D to leverage growth and political reach in international relations. Thus Noopolitik may be defined as the use of innovation and knowledge to leverage political intercourses by other means at the international level. Such "knowledge race" may be either a means of asserting political independence or of generating a sudden gap in the geopolitical balance of power. The attitude of the People's Republic of China and the ANZUS in the Pacific Ocean has been described as such by Idriss J. Aberkane [fr] (2011).

For the People's Republic of China[edit]

Professor Li Xiguang of Tsinghua University described the stakes of Smart power for the People's Republic of China in a 2010 article on Noopolitik in the Global Times

Then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during a trip to China in 2009. The encounter was concomitant with the publication of a report on "Smart Power in U.S.-China Relations" by William Sebastian Cohen the Center for Strategic and International Studies[10]

Idriss J. Aberkane [fr] analyzes Noopolitik as a defining stance of the People's Republic of China's economic policy[11] in which he concludes "Maintaining “Leap and Bound” creativity could be an efficient way for China to neutralize popular frustration. What must be acknowledged is that the PRC has moved from a “growth panacea” policy, to a policy of “knowledge panacea.” This best sums up its Noopolitik."

See also[edit]


  • Nikonov Sergey Borisovich, Anna Vitalievna Baichik, Rikka Victorovna Zaprudina, Nikolai Sergeevich Labush, Anna Sergeevna Smolyarova Noopolitics and Information Network Systems // International Review of Management and Marketing, 2015. — Vol. Special Issue for "Media as the Tool: Management of Social Processes", — № 5(Special Issue). — P. 44-48
  • Nikonov Sergey Borisovich, Anna Vitalievna Baichik, Anatoli Stepanovich Puiy, Nikolai Sergeevich Labush Noopolitical Aspect of Information Strategies of States // International Review of Management and Marketing, 2015. — Vol. Special Issue for "Media as the Tool: Management of Social Proc esses", — № 5(Special Issue). — P. 121-125
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  • Nikonov Sergey Borisovich Information society in its function as an object ofdirected influence of noopolitics // World Applied Sciences Journal, 2013. — Vol. 27, — № 13(A). — P. 241-246
  • Nikonov S.B. Noopolitical Aspect of international Journalism // Middle-East Journal of Scientific Research 17(1): 21-25.2013
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  • Baichik A.V.., Nikonov S.B.. Noopolitik as global information strategy // Vestnik St.Petersburg University, Ser. 9. 2012. Issue. I. p. 207-213
  • John Arquilla & David Ronfeldt: "The Emergence of Noopolitik: Toward an American Information Strategy", Rand 1999
  • Terranova, Tiziana . “Futurepublic: On Information Warfare, Bio-racism and Hegemony as Noopolitics.” Theory, Culture & Society 24.3 (2007): 125-145.
  • Lazzarato, Maurizio (2004) La politica dell’evento. Cosenza: Rubbettino.
  1. ^ Wilson, Ernest J. III Hard Power, Soft Power, Smart Power The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science March 2008 vol. 616 no. 1 110–124
  2. ^ Nye, Joseph S. The Future of Power Public Affairs 2011
  3. ^ (Baichik A.V., Nikonov S.B. Noopolitik as global information strategy // Vestnik St.Petersburg University, Ser. 9. 2012. Issue. I. p. 207-213
  4. ^ La stratégie américaine du contrôle continu De la « Noopolitik » (1999) à « Byting Back » (2007) : une création de concepts et de dispositifs de contrôle des populations Jean-Max Noyer, Brigitte Juanals (03/01/2008) HAL
  5. ^ Martin C. Libicki, David C. Gompert, David R. Frelinger, Raymond Smith Byting Back -- Regaining Information Superiority Against 21st-Century Insurgents RAND Counterinsurgency Study -- Volume 1 2007
  6. ^ Fox Aug. 6th 2010 Chinese 'Carrier-Killer' Missile Could Reshape Sea Combat [link |]
  7. ^ Seth Cropsey Keeping the Pacific pacific. The looming U.S.-Chinese Naval rivalry. Foreign Affairs Sept. 27 2010.
  8. ^ Aberkane, I. J. Brzezinski on a US Berezina: anticipating a new, New World Order e-International Relations Mar 31st 2011
  9. ^ Li Xinguang Soft power's reach depends on friendly Internet The Global Times Nov 2nd 2010
  10. ^ William S. Cohen Smart Power in U.S.-China Relations CSIS March 4th 2009 [1]
  11. ^ Aberkane, Idriss J. An Optimistic Memo on the Chinese Noopolitik: 2001-2011 e-International Relations jun. 14 2011
  12. ^ Segal, A. (2010) China’s Innovation Wall : Beijing’s Push for Homegrown technology. Foreign Affairs Sept 28 2010.

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