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Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus


The United States is well placed to remain the leading power in the twenty-first century, but it will have to learn to work with other countries to share the leadership role. Washington should adopt a strategy of providing global public goods analogous to the role the United Kingdom played in the nineteenth century, and it will need to combine its 'soft-power' and 'hard-power' resources into a 'smart-power' strategy. The paradox of American power in this century is that the largest power since the Roman Empire cannot achieve its objectives by acting alone.


Nye, Jr., Joseph S. "Recovering American Leadership." Survival 50.1 (February/March 2008): 55-68.