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

 

 

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Soft power (continued)

March 18, 2008

"America Must Learn the Hard Facts of Soft Power"

Op-Ed, The South China Morning Post

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"Soft power is not good per se, and it is not always better than hard power. Nobody likes to feel manipulated, even by soft power. But soft power allows followers more choice and leeway.

Hard power has not become irrelevant, but leaders must develop the contextual intelligence to combine hard and soft power resources into a "smart power" strategy. The next US president will need to learn that lesson."

 

 

March 14–March 20, 2008

"Hard vs Soft Power: Contenders in the US Presidential Race Must Respond to a Changed World"

Op-Ed, Nepali Times

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"The fact that the final three contenders in the US election race are a woman, an African-American, and an older man who often challenged his own party suggests that the United States, after a decline in popularity during the Bush years, retains some capacity to reinvent itself. But the next president will need to recognise that the nature of leadership also is changing."

 

 

March-April 2008

"Toward a Liberal Realist Foreign Policy: A Memo for the Next President"

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Harvard Magazine, issue 4, volume 110

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"On January 20, you will inherit a legacy of trouble: Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Palestine, North Korea for starters. Failure to manage any one of them could mire your presidency and sap your political support—and threaten the country’s future. At the same time, you must not let these inherited problems define your foreign policy. You need to put them in a larger context and create your own vision of how Americans should deal with the world."

 

 

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."

 

 

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, The 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."

 

 

November 14, 2007

"Afterword: Election '08, Smart Power '09"

Report Chapter

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

"We believe that the United States must become a smarter power by reinvesting in the global good — providing things people and governments in all quarters of the world want but cannot attain in the absence of U.S. leadership. Providing for the global good helps America reconcile its overwhelming power with the rest of the world's interests, values, and aspirations. It is not charity. It is effective foreign policy."

 
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