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Joseph Nye

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Is Cybersecurity Like Arms Control?

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 6:17 PM

CAMBRIDGE - Last month, the Netherlands hosted the Global Conference on Cyberspace 2015, which brought together nearly 2,000 government officials, academics, industry representatives, and others. I chaired a panel on cyber peace and security that included a Microsoft vice president and two foreign ministers. This "multi-stakeholder" conference was...

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Only China Can Contain China

(12) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 4:55 PM

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When Xi Jinping visits the U.S. this autumn, one of the items on his agenda is bound to be what he has called a "new type of major power relations." The term remains ambiguous...

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Japan's Robust Self-Defense Is Good for Asia

(31) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 3:03 PM


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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Since the end of World War II, Japan has been ruled by an American-written "peace constitution," Article 9 of which prohibits war and limits...

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Gaddafi and Change

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2011 | 8:23 PM

David Warsh, generally a respected journalist, has just published in the Providence Journal an attack on Michael Porter of Harvard Business School for consulting with Gaddafi about change in Libya in the period after Gaddafi gave up his nuclear weapons program and his overt support for terrorism. Porter,...

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Power and Information in Egypt -- and Beyond

(8) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 2:50 PM

Egypt is fascinating. The old view that we had to support the authoritarians or wind up with radical Islamists has been overtaken by the spread of information that has helped create and empower a new middle. There are more options now, but it is clear that smart policy in an...

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The Obama-Hu Summit: Part II

(2) Comments | Posted January 20, 2011 | 6:39 PM

The summit served a useful purpose in improving atmospherics. Obama said the US welcomed the rise of China (something I remember hearing Bill Clinton tell Jiang Zemin in 1995), and at the State Department luncheon I attended, Hu spoke of becoming a responsible great power. Now we will wait to...

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The Obama-Hu Jintao Summit Meeting This Week

(126) Comments | Posted January 17, 2011 | 5:33 PM

I have just returned from Beijing and found that many Chinese believe that China should be less deferential to the US because they think the United States is in decline. As I show in detail in my new book, The Future of Power, this Chinese view is mistaken and China...

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China and the US

(34) Comments | Posted January 6, 2011 | 2:08 PM

Gideon Rachman, a good writer for the Financial Times, has an article in the current issue of Foreign Policy entitled "American Decline: This Time It's Real." In his words, "the wolf did arrive -- and China is the wolf." He cites Goldman Sachs prediction that by 2027, the...

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American Decline?

(6) Comments | Posted November 16, 2010 | 8:38 AM

Several observers have attributed the disappointing results from the recent G20 summit to the decline of American power. Polls show that some 60 per cent of Americans believe the country is in decline. But polls showed similar belief in national decline in the 1950s after the Soviets launched sputnik; in...

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The Closing of America?

(17) Comments | Posted August 11, 2010 | 11:58 AM

The United States is locked in debate over immigration. The state of Arizona recently enacted legislation that encourages local police to check the immigration status of people who were stopped for other reasons -- and requires immigrants to produce proof of their legal status on demand.

The Obama administration has...

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Here's to the 2010s

(57) Comments | Posted December 31, 2009 | 7:43 AM

I have spent the holidays writing a book on smart power and America's future. Looking back a decade, it is difficult to recapture the optimism at the century's beginning. We had a booming economy, a fiscal surplus and were at peace. Now we have the great recession, huge deficits and...

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Who Caused the End of the Cold War?

(283) Comments | Posted November 9, 2009 | 8:53 AM

The end of the Cold War was a greater historical transformation than 9/11, but controversy persists about its causes. An article by Steven Erlanger in Monday's New York Times quotes the neo-conservative commentator Robert Kagan as saying that "the standard narrative is Reagan." But the standard narrative is misleading.


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Obama's "Timidity" is a Foreign Policy Virtue

(16) Comments | Posted November 3, 2009 | 1:45 PM

On Sunday, Ariana Huffington and I shared a platform about transformative presidencies at a Truman Library forum in Kansas City. She drew an interesting contrast between the audacity of Obama's campaign and the caution of his domestic policy. Certainly, Obama's conciliatory approach has been notable. He has not followed...

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On Robert McNamara

(40) Comments | Posted July 6, 2009 | 5:17 PM

When I was a young assistant professor at Harvard during the Vietnam War, the name Robert McNamara had purely negative connotations. Influenced by David Halberstam's The Best and the Brightest, and by the disaster of the war, I could not imagine that I would like him some day. But I...

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Academics and Policy

(16) Comments | Posted April 13, 2009 | 10:47 PM

Earlier today, I published an op-ed in the Washington Post entitled "Scholar on the Sidelines." In it I noted that aside from economists and scientists, very few academics have been appointed to policy positions in the Obama administration. The 2008 TRIP poll of 2,700 international relations scholars shows that...

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Bush and Future Historians

(26) Comments | Posted January 16, 2009 | 2:25 PM

In his farewell address yesterday, George W. Bush pointed out that America has gone seven years without another terrorist attack on our soil. That is an important fact, but future historians will have to judge the extent to which Bush caused it, and whether it could have been achieved by...

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Obama's Foreign Policies Must Combine Hard and Soft Power

(23) Comments | Posted December 3, 2008 | 7:46 PM

President Obama faces a dilemma in foreign policy. On the one hand, he will inherit a legacy he cannot ignore: an economic crisis, two wars, a struggle against terrorism, and a set of problems in the Middle East among others. If he fails to fight these fires successfully, they will...

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The Obama Effect: Impressions from London

(3) Comments | Posted November 7, 2008 | 4:09 AM

I gave a speech in London yesterday, and was overwhelmed and delighted by the enthusiasm for the United States as a result of the Obama election. The papers not only devoted their front pages to the election, but multiple pages inside. Many people remarked on "the extra-ordinary capacity of the...

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Why Vote for Obama?

(61) Comments | Posted November 2, 2008 | 8:18 AM

For any independents wavering on the eve of the election, I thought I would explain why I will vote for Barack Obama. I did not start there. I supported Hillary Clinton because I knew and admired her, and because I was concerned about Obama's lack of experience at the national...

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Financial Crisis and American Decline?

(34) Comments | Posted October 4, 2008 | 9:42 AM

Is the current financial crisis an indicator of the long term decline of American power? When I wrote Bound to Lead in 1989, the conventional wisdom was that the United States (and its economy) were in decline. I did not believe it then, and do not believe it now. I...

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