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[I-House Academy] The Future of Power


[An edited version of this lecture is available in the IHJ Bulletin, Vol.31, No.1, 2011.]

  • Speaker: Joseph S. Nye, Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University
  • Moderator: Akashi Yasushi, Chairman, International House of Japan
  • Commentator: Watanabe Yasushi, Professor, Keio University
  • Date: Friday, December 10, 2010, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
  • Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
  • Admission: 1,000 yen (Students: 500 yen, IHJ Members: Free)
  • Language: English/Japanese (simultaneous translation provided)

Joseph S. Nye, Jr.,

Joseph S. Nye, Jr.,Earned a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. After having served as the Dean of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, from 1995 to 2004, he then took up his current position. Contributing greatly to the development of Interdependence theory in international relations, Dr. Nye coined the concept of “Soft Power” vis-a-vis “Hard Power” and asserted the unchanging importance of the United States in contradiction to the talk of declining American power by pundits in the 1980s. After having long been involved in policy-oriented research and study, Dr. Nye became Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Clinton Administration and pushed forward the so-called “Nye Initiative” to redefine the US-Japan security arrangement, envisioning a new US strategy of security in the East Asia region for the post-Cold War era. His major publications include Power in the Global Information Age: From Realism to Globalization (Routledge, 2004), Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics (Perseus Books Group, 2004) and The Powers to Lead (Oxford University Press, 2008).