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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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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."

 

 

September 24, 2015

"The American Century: RIP?"

Op-Ed, The National Interest

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"If we define 'the American century' as the period since World War II when the United States—without full control—became the central actor in the global balance of power, that is likely to remain true in 2041, the centennial of when Henry Luce first proclaimed the term."

 

 

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September 8, 2015

"How to Fight the Islamic State"

Op-Ed, Project Syndicate

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"...[T]he boots on the ground must be Sunni. The presence of foreign or Shia troops reinforces the Islamic State's claim of being surrounded and challenged by infidels. So far, thanks largely to effective Kurdish forces, who are overwhelmingly Sunni, the Islamic State has lost some 30% of the territory it held a year ago. But deploying additional Sunni infantry requires training, support, and time, as well as pressure on Iraq's Shia-dominated central government to temper its sectarian approach"

 

 

August 20, 2015

"We Asked Joseph Nye: What Should Be the Purpose of American Power?"

Op-Ed, The National Interest

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"Military force will remain a crucial component of American power, but it is not sufficient. An American strategy that holds the military balance in Europe or East Asia while maintaining alliances is a crucial source of influence, but trying to occupy and control the internal politics of nationalistic populations in the Middle East revolutions is futile."

 

 

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August 17, 2015

"Great Democracies' New Harmony"

Op-Ed, The Korea Times

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"It would be a mistake to cast the prospects for an improved US-India relationship solely in terms of China's rising power. Indian economic success is an American interest on its own. So is the open approach taken by India and Brazil on issues such as governance of the Internet, at a time when Russia and China are seeking more authoritarian control."

 

 

August 9, 2015

"Reinstating Soft Power into US Foreign Policy"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"Consciously or not, the first Bush administration chose the right path when it decided against moving farther into Iraq. It remains a lesson to remember today: Trying to occupy and control the internal politics of nationalistic populations in the Middle East revolutions is a recipe for failure."

 

 

July 10, 2015

"The Limits of Chinese Soft Power"

Op-Ed, Today's Zaman

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"The other limit is China reluctance to take full advantage of an uncensored civil society. As noted by the Economist, the Chinese Communist Party has not bought into the idea that soft power springs largely from individuals, the private sector, and civil society. Instead, it has clung to the view that the government is the main source of soft power, promoting ancient cultural icons that it thinks might have global appeal, often using the tools of propaganda."

 
Events Calendar

We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.