Joseph S. Nye

Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor
Harvard Kennedy School
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Joseph Nye


Joseph S. Nye Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor, and former Dean of the Kennedy School. He received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, did postgraduate work at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and earned a PhD in political science from Harvard. He has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and Deputy Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology.In 2004, he published Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics; Understanding International Conflict (5th edition); and The Power Game: A Washington Novel. In 2008 he published The Powers to Lead and his latest book published in 2011 is The Future of Power.


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  • IGA-610M Leadership and Ethics in American Foreign Policy

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For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the Harvard Kennedy School Research Report Online.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Nye, Jr., Joseph S. "The Information Revolution and Power." Current History 113.759 (January 2014): 19-22.
  • Books
    • Nye, Jr., Joseph S. Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era. Princeton University Press, 2013.
  • Commentary
    • Nye, Jr., Joseph S. "Obama Can Still Build a Second-Term Legacy.", May 21, 2013.
    • Nye, Jr., Joseph S. "Is the Vision Thing Important?" New York Times, May 21, 2013.
    • Nye, Jr., Joseph S. "Despite All the Confidence, the BRICS are Without Mortar." Daily Star, April 10, 2013.
    • Nye, Jr., Joseph S. "History Will Judge Bush on Iraq." China Daily, March 13, 2013.
  • Magazine and Newspaper Articles
    • Nye, Jr., Joseph S. "Do Presidents Really Steer Foreign Policy?" Atlantic Monthly. June 2013.
    • Nye, Jr., Joseph S. "What China and Russia Don't Get About Soft Power." Foreign Policy. April 29, 2013.