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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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International Security

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August 7, 2014

"Japan's Robust Self-Defense Is Good for Asia"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"Given that East Asia, unlike Europe after 1945, never experienced full reconciliation among rivals, or established strong regional institutions, it has been forced to depend on the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty to underpin regional stability."

 

 

July 16, 2014

"Europe Doesn't Necessarily Have to Lose from China's Rise"

Op-Ed, Daily Star

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"Though China is not attempting to upend the global order, it is now undergoing a profound — and destabilizing — transformation. With the rise of transnational issues such as climate change, terrorism, pandemics, and cyber crime — brought about by rapid technological progress and social change — power is being diffused not among states, but among a wide range of non-governmental entities. Addressing these challenges will require broad international cooperation, with China, the U.S., and Europe each playing an important role."

 

 

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June 17, 2014

"Barack Obama's Pragmatism Invites Uninformed, Partisan Criticism"

Op-Ed, Daily Star

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"But restraint is not isolationism. No one accused President Dwight Eisenhower of isolationism when he accepted a stalemate in the Korean War, refused to intervene at Dien Bien Phu, resisted recommendations from senior military officers regarding islands near Taiwan, watched the Red Army invade Hungary, or refused to back allies in the Suez Canal crisis. Nor did those who now disparage Obama's measured response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent annexation of Ukrainian territory call Bush an isolationist for his weak response to Putin's invasion of Georgia in 2008."

 

 

June 8, 2014

"Shale Gas Is America's Geopolitical Trump Card"

Op-Ed, Wall Street Journal

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"For some time, many people at home and abroad have bought into the myth of American decline. Increasing dependence on energy imports was often cited as evidence. The shale revolution changes that dependence and demonstrates the combination of entrepreneurship, property rights and capital markets that are this country's underlying strength."

 

 

Ocastro Photo CC

May 9, 2014

"Safeguarding Cyberspace"

Op-Ed, New Europe

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"The governance challenge stems from the fact that cyberspace is a combination of virtual properties, which defy geographical boundaries, and physical infrastructure, which fall under sovereign jurisdictions. Control of the physical layer can have both territorial and extraterritorial effects on the virtual layers. At the same time, attacks can be launched from the low-cost virtual realm against the physical domain, where resources are scarce and expensive."

 

 

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April 18, 2014

"How to Navigate the East China Sea Dispute between Japan and China"

Op-Ed, Washington Post

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and Kevin Rudd, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

"...[T]he best we can aim for is to revive the wisdom of the original Zhou-Tanaka formula. One way of doing this, as some have suggested, might be to declare the islands a maritime ecological preserve dedicated to the larger good of the region. There would be no habitation and no military use of the islands or the surrounding seas. Ideally, China and Japan would agree, but that may be unlikely in the current climate. Other mechanisms could be explored to produce the same end."

 

 

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April 10, 2014

"Putin's Calculus"

Op-Ed, New Europe

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"...Obama's declaration that Russia is a regional power acting out of weakness, no less than Russia's suspension from the G-8, may have hit Putin where he is most vulnerable. His actions in Ukraine have undoubtedly brought Russia tangible gains in the short term. But they also imply less obvious costs. It remains to be seen whether Putin's bold move was worth it."

 

 

January 13, 2014

"1914 Revisited?"

Op-Ed, Today's Zaman

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"But historical analogies, though sometimes useful for precautionary purposes, become dangerous when they convey a sense of historical inevitability. WWI was not inevitable. It was made more probable by Germany's rising power and the fear that this created in Great Britain. But it was also made more probable by Germany's fearful response to Russia's rising power, as well as myriad other factors, including human errors. But the gap in overall power between the US and China today is greater than that between Germany and Britain in 1914."

 

 

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December 13, 2013

"Governance in the Information Age"

Op-Ed, The Korea Times

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"The WEF's Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government...has considered ways in which information technology can improve governance and reduce feelings of alienation among the governed. The most effective initiatives, the council observed, often arise from partnerships between government and the private sector."

 

 

Japanese Wikipedia

December 3, 2013

"The Return of Japan After 20 Years of Stagnation"

Op-Ed, Moscow Times

By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

"A quick resolution of the Senkaku Islands dispute, or of Japan's lower-profile conflict with South Korea over the Korean-controlled Liancourt Rocks, is improbable, but Japan could be more proactive. For example, by stating their willingness to take any territorial disputes to the International Court of Justice, Japanese authorities could help to dispel perceptions of militarism."

 

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