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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

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2008 (continued)

February-March 2008

"Recovering American Leadership"

Journal Article, Survival, issue 1, volume 50

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"Leaders are those who help groups create and achieve shared goals. Traditionally, the leaders in international politics have been the most powerful states. However, while hard military power counts for more in the context of international politics than it does in democratic domestic politics, even in international relations conquest, or pure coercion, is not leadership, but mere dictation. Disproportionate power, sometimes called 'hegemony', has been associated with leadership, but appeals to values and ideology also matter, even for a hegemon...."

 

 

February 2008

The Powers to Lead

Book

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. offers a sweeping look at the nature of leadership in today's world, in an illuminating blend of history, business case studies, psychological research, and more. As he observes, many now believe that the more authoritarian and coercive forms of leadership—the hard power approaches of earlier military-industrial eras—have been largely supplanted in postindustrial societies by soft power approaches that seek to attract, inspire, and persuade rather than dictate.

 

 

February 13, 2008

"Europe's Power to Lead"

Op-Ed, Cypress Mail

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"European countries’ success in overcoming centuries of animosity, and the development of a large internal market, has given them a great deal of soft power. At the Cold War’s end, East European countries did not try to form local alliances, as they did in the 1920s, but looked toward Brussels to secure their future. Similarly, countries like Turkey and Ukraine have adjusted their policies in response to their attraction to Europe."

 

 

January 27, 2008

"Global Governance: To Strobe Talbott, It's Inevitable, To John Bolton, It's Surrender"

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Washington Post

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"From start to finish, these books reflect their authors' very different sensibilities. Bolton opens with his experience as a student campaign volunteer for Goldwater in 1964 and spends most of the book recounting his political battles in great detail. Talbott begins with a wide-ranging and lofty discourse on the concepts of empires, nations and states in world history. Both books conclude with a discussion of global governance, which is where they wholly diverge."

 

 

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January 14, 2007

"Taiwan and Fear in US-China Ties"

Op-Ed, Taipei Times

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"The US has a broad national interest in maintaining good relations with China, as well as a specific human rights interest in protecting Taiwan's democracy. But the US does not have a national interest in helping Taiwan become a sovereign country with a seat at the UN, and efforts by some Taiwanese to do so present the greatest danger of a miscalculation that could create enmity between the US and China."

 

 

2008

"The Future of American Power"

Book Chapter

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"It is generally agreed that the United States is the leading power at the beginning of the twenty-first century, but there is less agreement on how long this will last. Some observers argue that American pre-eminence is simply the result of the collapse of the Soviet Union and that this 'unipolar moment' will be brief, while others argue that America's power is so great that it will last for much of the coming century...."

 

2007

December 18, 2007

"Recovering America's 'Smart Power'"

Op-Ed, The Korea Times

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"Democracy, human rights, and the development of civil society do not come from the barrel of a gun. True, the American military has impressive operational capacity, but turning to the Pentagon because it can get things done creates an image of an over-militarized foreign policy."

 

 

December 10, 2007

"Big Tent"

Op-Ed, The New Republic

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"...in recent years, Qaddafi has appeared to be changing. He still wants to project Libyan power, but he is going about it differently than in decades past. Where once he had tried to bully and even overthrow governments to his south, now he is hosting peace talks on Darfur....Has Qaddafi really changed? It is difficult to know for sure.... his future actions will speak louder than any current words. But there is no doubt that he acts differently on the world stage today than he did in decades past."

 

 

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December 10, 2007

"Stop Getting Mad, America. Get Smart"

Op-Ed, Washington Post

By Richard Armitage and Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"...security threats are no longer simply military threats. China is building two coal-fired power plants each week. U.S. hard power will do little to curb this trend, but U.S.-developed technology can make Chinese coal cleaner, which helps the environment and opens new markets for American industry

In a changing world, the United States should become a smarter power by once again investing in the global good — by providing things that people and governments want but cannot attain without U.S. leadership."

 

 

December 5, 2007

The Shifting Balance of Power

Media Feature

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative, Vali Nasr and Ashton B. Carter, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project, Harvard & Stanford Universities

"The Middle East: Between Progress and Conflict," an inaugural conference jointly hosted by The Dubai Initiative and the Dubai School of Government, was held on November 8, 2007 at the Kennedy School of Government.

Panel I: The Shifting Balance of Power was chaired by Joseph Nye and featured the following presentions, followed by a Q&A:

  1. America and the Arab World - Rami Khouri
  2. Contending with Iran's Regional Role - Vali Nasr
  3. Challenges of Nuclear Proliferation - Ashton Carter
 

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