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Joseph Nye

Former Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

Joe Nye was Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University from 1995 to 2004.

He joined the Harvard faculty in 1964 as director of the Center for International Affairs and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences.

From 1977 to 1979, Mr. Nye was Deputy to the Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology. He also chaired the National Security Council Group on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

In 1993 and 1994, he was chairman of the National Intelligence Council, which coordinates intelligence estimates for the President of the United States. In 1994 and 1995, Mr. Nye served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. Subsequently, he did postgraduate work at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship and earned his Ph.D. in political science at Harvard.

Mr. Nye’s book include “Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power” (1990), “Understanding International Conflicts: An Introduction to Theory and History” (2002), “The Paradox of American Power: Why the World’s Only Superpower Can’t Go It Alone” (2002), and “Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics” (2004).

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Articles by Joseph Nye

Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century

What factors need to be considered to explain U.S. policy to audiences abroad?

May 10, 2004

Europe’s Soft Power

How can Europe's soft power supplement U.S. efforts in its fight against terrorism?

May 3, 2004

Globalization and American Power

Is globalization the American phenomenon which many people assume it is?

April 21, 2002

Globalism Versus Globalization

What are the different spheres of globalism — and how are they affected by globalization?

April 15, 2002