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Joseph S. Nye

Joseph S. Nye

Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Contact:
Telephone: (617) 495-1123
Fax: (617)-496-3337
Email: Joseph_Nye@harvard.edu

 

 

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2016 (continued)

February 5, 2016

"Five Truths about Terrorism"

Op-Ed, Today's Zaman

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"Global terrorism is not new. It often takes a generation for a wave of terrorism to burn out. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the anarchist movement killed a number of heads of state for utopian ideals. In the 1960s and 1970s, the ... Red Brigades and Red Army Faction hijacked planes across national borders and kidnapped and killed business and political leaders (as well as ordinary citizens)."

 

 

February 3, 2016

"Can China Be Deterred in Cyber Space?"

Op-Ed, The Diplomat

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"Along with punishment and denial, entanglement is an important means of making an actor perceive that the costs of an action will exceed the benefits.  Entanglement refers to the existence of  interdependences which makes a successful attack simultaneously impose serious costs on the attacker as well as the victim. This is not unique to cyber. For example, in 2009, when the People's Liberation Army urged the Chinese government to dump some of China's massive holdings of dollar reserves to punish the United States for selling arms to Taiwan, the Central Bank pointed out that this would impose large costs on China as well and the government decided against it."

 

 

January 29, 2016

"Politicians Say American Leadership is in Decline. They're Wrong."

Op-Ed, The Washington Post

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"While American leadership will continue to be important, success in solving the new transnational challenges will require the cooperation of others. In this sense, power becomes a positive-sum game. If the liberal world order is to continue, it will not be enough to think in terms of American power over others. One must also think in terms of combining strength to accomplish joint goals."

 

 

January 6, 2016

"The Danger of a Weak Europe"

Op-Ed, Project Syndicate

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"For US diplomats, however, the danger is not a Europe that becomes too strong, but one that is too weak. When Europe and America remain allied, their resources are mutually reinforcing."

 

2015

Aspen Institute

December 2015

Blind Spot: America's Response to Radicalism in the Middle East

Book

By Nicholas Burns, Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School, Farah Pandith, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project, David Ignatius, Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project, General James Cartwright, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Michèle Flournoy, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Philip D. Zelikow, Former Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Former Faculty Affiliate, International Security Program, Sarah Sewall, Former Project Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Richard Fontaine, Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, General Brent Scowcroft, Editorial Board Member, Quarterly Journal: International Security and Jonathon Price

In Blindspot: America’s Response to Radicalism in the Middle East, authors share their insights and analysis on radical extremism in the Middle East, what it means for Americans, and how the United States should respond. The book is the product of the nonpartisan Aspen Strategy Group’s August 2015 meeting on America’s response to radicalism in the Middle East.  This book helps to decipher extremist ideology, place it in its larger global context, and suggest ways to defend American interests in the Middle East in the years ahead. The book offers a collection of policy proposals for the turbulent future ahead in the Middle East. A video of the book launch featuring Jim Cartwright, Jane Harman, and Richard Fontaine in conversation with Richard Fontaine can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc-8MXOR3ic.

 

 

December 10, 2015

"Can Cyber Warfare Be Deterred?"

Op-Ed, Project Syndicate

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"Prompt, high-quality attribution is often difficult and costly, but not impossible. Not only are governments improving their capabilities, but many private-sector companies are entering the game, and their participation reduces the costs to governments of having to disclose sensitive sources. Many situations are matters of degree, and as technology improves the forensics of attribution, the strength of deterrence may increase."

 

 

Creative Commons

November 12, 2015

"How the U.S. Should Respond to the Rise of India"

Op-Ed, Forbes

By Charles R. Kaye, Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and Alyssa Ayres

"...India has a window of opportunity for significant change. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has prioritized job creation and economic growth without the baggage of welfare promises typically offered up in Indian politics. During his first 18 months in office, he has sought to revitalize Indian foreign policy, and signaled a desire for a stronger relationship with the United States."

 

 

November 4, 2015

"The Fate of Abe's Japan"

Op-Ed, The World Post

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"Despite its economic slowdown, Japan retains impressive power resources. It is a democracy that has been at peace for 70 years, with a stable society and a high standard of living. Its per capita income is five times that of China, and Beijing residents can only envy Tokyo's air quality and product safety standards. Its economy remains the world's third largest overall, sustained by highly sophisticated industry."

 

 

October 15, 2015

"Which Way for US Foreign Policy?"

Op-Ed, The Korea Times

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"The US should stay out of the business of invasion and occupation. In an age of nationalism and socially mobilized populations, foreign occupation, as Eisenhower wisely concluded in the 1950s, is bound to breed resentment. But what takes its place? Is air power and the training of foreign forces enough? Particularly in the Middle East, where revolutions are likely to last for a generation, a smart combination of hard and soft power will be difficult to achieve."

 

 

October 1, 2015

"The World Needs an Arms-control Treaty for Cybersecurity"

Op-Ed, The Washington Post

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"...[I]t is worth remembering that the first nuclear-arms control agreements — the Test Ban Treaty of 1963 and the Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1968 — did not solve all of the problems of controlling nuclear weapons. Rather, they started a process. Perhaps Obama and Xi's modest beginning will do something similar."

 
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