Joe Nye

Joe Nye

Formal First Name
Joseph (Joe)
1937 - present

Joseph Nye is University Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus and former Dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Joe is the co-founder, with Robert Keohane, of the international relations theory known as neoliberalism, developed in their 1977 book Power and Interdependence. He pioneered the theory of soft power, and his notion of "smart power" became popular with the use of this phrase by members of the Clinton Administration, and more recently the Obama Administration. In addition to teaching at Harvard, Joe has taught for brief periods in Geneva, Ottawa, and Oxford. Earlier in his career, he has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and Deputy Under Secretary of State, where he was honored with distinguished service awards from all three agencies. In a recent survey of international relations scholars, he was rated the fifth most influential over the past 20 years, and ranked as the most influential scholar on American foreign policy.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • He is the author of thirteen books and more than a hundred and fifty articles in professional and policy journals. 

  • He has published policy articles in various newspapers and magazines, and his internationally syndicated column appears in papers in over 70 countries.

  • He has lived and done research in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Central America, Britain, France, and Canada.



  • 2016 Cyrus Vance Award, Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training

  • 2014 Order of the Rising Sun, Japan

  • 2011 Top 100 Global Thinkers, Foreign Policy

  • 2010 Foreign Policy Distinguished Scholar Award, International Studies Association

  • 2004 Woodrow Wilson Award, Princeton University

  • 2004 Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award, Tufts University

  • 2003 Charles E. Merriam Award, American Political Science Association


  • Is the American Century Over? (2015)

  • Understanding Global Conflict and Cooperation: An Introduction to Theory and History (2015)

  • Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era (2013)

  • The Future of Power (2011)

  • The Powers to Lead (2008)

  • Understanding International Conflicts: An Introduction to Theory and History (2008)

  • The Power Game: A Washington Novel (2004)

  • Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics (2004)

  • Power in the Global Information Age: From Realism to Globalization (2004)

  • The Paradox of American Power: Why the World’s Only Superpower Can’t Go it Alone (2002)

  • Power and Interdependence: World Politics in Transition (2002)

  • Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power (1990)

  • Nuclear Ethics (1986)

  • Hawks, Doves and Owls: An Agenda for Avoiding Nuclear War (1985)

  • Living with Nuclear Weapons. A Report by the Harvard Nuclear Study Group (1983)

  • Peace in Parts: Integration and Conflict in Regional Organization (1971)

  • Pan Africanism and East African Integration (1965)