Joseph S. Nye, Jr. is University Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. 

Nye joined the Harvard faculty in 1964, serving as director of the Center for International Affairs and as associate dean of arts and sciences. He later served as Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations and dean of the Kennedy School of Government.

From 1977 to 1979, 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. In 1993 and 1994, he was chairman of the National Intelligence Council. Nye also served as assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs in the Clinton administration.

In addition, he is the co-chair of the Center for a New American Security Cyber Security Project and on the international editorial board of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, the editorial board of Foreign Policy, and the board of directors of the Council on Foreign Relations.

His books include Bound to Lead, The Paradox of American Power, Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics, The Future of Power, and Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era.

Last Updated: July 14, 2017