Joseph S. Nye Jr.

CSIS Trustee

Joseph S. Nye Jr. is university distinguished service professor and former dean of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, won a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University, and earned a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard. He has served as assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, as chair of the National Intelligence Council, and as deputy under secretary of state. His recent books include Soft Power (PublicAffairs, 2004); The Power Game: A Washington Novel (PublicAffairs, 2004); The Powers to Lead (Oxford University Press, 2008); The Future of Power (PublicAffairs, 2011); Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era (Princeton University Press, 2013); and Is the American Century Over? (Polity, 2015). He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, and the American Academy of Diplomacy. In a recent survey of international relations scholars, he was rated the fifth most influential over the past 20 years, ranked as the most influential scholar on American foreign policy, and in 2011, Foreign Policy named him one of the top 100 Global Thinkers. In November 2014, Emperor Akihito of Japan conferred the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, on Dr. Nye in recognition of his contribution to the development of studies on Japan-U.S. security and to the promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and the United States.