Professor Joseph S. Nye Jr., Ph.D.

Professor Joseph S. Nye Jr.
  • Harvard University
  • Harvard University
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Does history repeat itself? Will 2014 be like 1914? How can we avoid such disasters? These are the types of questions that drive my course.

Dr. Joseph S. Nye Jr. is Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and the Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations at Harvard University, as well as Dean Emeritus of the Kennedy School of Government. He is also a member of the board of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School. He previously served as Director of the Center for International Affairs, Dillon Professor of International Affairs, and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences. Professor Nye earned his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, did postgraduate work at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard, winning the Summer Thesis Prize in 1964. From 1977 to 1979, Professor Nye was Deputy to the Undersecretary of State for Security Assistance, Science, and Technology and chaired the National Security Council Group on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons. He returned to Harvard in December 1995, after serving as Chairman of the National Intelligence Council and as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. In all three agencies, he won Distinguished Service awards. A member of the editorial boards of Foreign Policy and International Security magazines, Dr. Nye is the author of numerous books and more than 100 articles in professional journals. His books include Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics (2004) and an anthology, Power in the Global Information Age (2004).


"Professor Joseph Nye - an individual with extensive service in the fields of intelligence, foreign policy, and national security, in addition to his academic work at Harvard."