portrait of Dr. Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
Thursday, April 9, 1998“American Power in the Twenty-First Century: Two Examples”

Joseph Nye, Jr., joined the Harvard Faculty in 1964, and has served as Director of the Center for International Affairs, and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences. For more than a decade, he taught one of the largest core curriculum courses in the college. In December 1995, he became Dean of the Kennedy School.

He has worked in three government agencies. From 1977 to 1979, Mr. Nye served as Deputy to the Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology and chaired the National Security Council Group on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons. In recognition of his service, he received the highest Department of State commendation, the Distinguished Honor Award. In 1993 and 1994, he was chairman of the National Intelligence Council, which coordinates intelligence estimates for the President. He was awarded the Intelligence Community’s Distinguished Service Medal. In 1994 and 1995, he served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, where he also won two distinguished service medals.

A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Academy of Diplomacy, Mr. Nye has also been a Senior Fellow of the Aspen Institute, Director of the Aspen Strategy Group, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Trilateral Commission. He has served as Director of the Institute for East-West Security Studies, a director of the International Institute for Strategic Study, a member of the advisory committee of the International Institute of Economics, and the American representative on the United Nations Advisory Committee on Disarmament Affairs. He has been a trustee of Wells College and Radcliffe College.

A member of editorial boards of Foreign Policy and International Security magazines, he is the author of numerous books and more than a hundred articles in professional journals. His most recent books are Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power (1990) and Understanding International Conflicts (1993). In addition, he has published policy articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and The New Republic. He has appeared on programs such as ABC’s Nightline and Good Morning America, NBC’s Phil Donahue Show, CBS’s Evening News, and The McNeil-Lehrer Report, as well as Australian, British, French, Swiss, Japanese, and Korean television.

Mr. Nye received his bachelor’s degree Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University in 1958. He did postgraduate work at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship and earned a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.

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