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Joseph Nye
Joseph S. Nye, Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard University and former Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, has been on the faculty at Harvard since 1964. He has also served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology. His most recent publications are Is the American Century Over? (2015), The Future of Power (2011), The Powers to Lead (2008), Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics (2004), and The Power Game: A Washington Novel (2004). Nye received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, did postgraduate work at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and earned a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard.

Entries by Joseph Nye

The Fate of Abe's Japan

(9) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 7:15 PM

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TOKYO -- As Shinzo Abe sat down this week in Seoul with South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, he did so as the leader of a...

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중국은 미국보다 경제적으로 강력하지 않으며, 더 강해질지, 그게 언제가 될지도 명확하지 않다

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 5:32 PM

중국이 아시아 인프라 투자 은행을 만들고, 인접국의 ‘실크 로드 앤드 벨트’ 인프라 프로젝트에 투자할 계획을 세우자, 점점 커지는 중국의 경제력에 대한 불안감이 커지고 있다. 게다가 작년에 IMF의 경제학자들은 중국의 경제 규모가 미국보다 크다고 추정했다. 그 발표가 1면 헤드라인을 장식했지만, 힘의 지수로는 좀 미심쩍은 구매력 평가를 사용했기 때문에 조금은 호도하는 면이...

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China Is Not More Economically Powerful Than the U.S., and It Is Far From Certain If and When It Will Be

(67) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 10:26 AM

China's creation of an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and its plans to invest in "Silk Road and Belt" infrastructure projects in neighboring countries has raised alarm about its growing economic power. Moreover, last year, International Monetary Fund economists estimated that the Chinese economy was larger than the American. That statement...

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Is U.S.-China Conflict Imminent in the South China Sea?

(86) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 6:12 PM

OXFORD, England -- When a U.S. Navy P8-A surveillance aircraft recently flew near Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, it was warned eight times by the Chinese Navy to leave the area. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said...

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Is Cybersecurity Like Arms Control?

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 7:17 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 | 5:55 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 | 4:03 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 | 9:23 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 | 3:50 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 | 7:39 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 | 6:33 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 | 3:08 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 | 9:38 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 | 12:58 PM

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 | 8:43 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 | 9:53 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 | 2:45 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 | 6:17 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 | 11:47 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 | 3:25 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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