Harvard Professor Joseph S. Nye to deliver a video lecture for the International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy
International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy (Amerika Haus Berlin, 27th – 31st July, 2009)
Dr. Nye developed the theory of neo-liberalism together with distinguished American Scholar Robert O. Keohane (Princeton University) in a book they wrote in 1977, “Power and Interdependence”, which introduces and explores the concepts of asymmetrical and complex interdependence. The central thesis of “Power and Interdependence” is that individual nation states and their fortunes are inextricably linked to one another. The book had a profound influence on the American foreign policy debate and approaches to international relations around the world, and remains widely taught and discussed today.
Dr. Nye’s liberal approach to foreign policy has more recently seen him pioneer the theories “soft power” and “smart power” to describe and prescribe liberal, multi-lateral approaches to American foreign policy and foreign policy in general. The influence of these theories on American Foreign Policy thinking and the field of international relations as a whole has been widely recognised, and Dr. Nye has been voted as the leading scholar on American Foreign Policy in the last two decades.
Dr. Nye’s academic background began at Princeton University (graduating Summa Cum Laude), and then continued at Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar), and Harvard University (Ph.D. in Political Science). In addition to his work as a member of the Harvard academic staff since 1964, his other positions have included Deputy to the Undersecretary of State for Security Assistance, Science, and Technology, and Chairman of the National Security Council Group on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Dr. Nye currently serves on, amongst others, the Advisory board of the USC Centre on Public Diplomacy, the editorial board of Foreign Policy, and the Board of Directors of the Council of Foreign Relations.