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Time to invoke Marilyn Monroe Doctrine

With US cultural dominance challenged by Russia, there is a need to reconceptualise its foreign policy with a stronger emphasis on popular and consumer culture.

An aggressive Russia has blocked US government broadcasts. US officials are concerned that Moscow spends US$400 million to US$500 million a year on its resurgent foreign information campaign, while the US spends only about US$20 million a year on Russian language services.

A NEW Cultural Cold War is threatening the global supremacy of American culture that attracted people worldwide in the 20th century. The marketing of American art, music, film and literature was driven by a remarkable concept of US foreign policy - the Marilyn Monroe Doctrine.

But now, US...

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