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Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

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Joseph S. Nye, Jr. is a professor at Harvard University and author of Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump (Oxford University Press, 2019).

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  1. Is Nuclear War Inevitable?
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    Is Nuclear War Inevitable?

    Sep 5, 2022 Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers the best way to assess the risks associated with deterrence and disarmament.

  2. America’s China Challenge
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    America’s China Challenge

    Aug 3, 2022 Joseph S. Nye, Jr. explains why a successful US response to its superpower rival needs to start at home.

  3. Will the Ukraine War Fuel Nuclear Proliferation?
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    Will the Ukraine War Fuel Nuclear Proliferation?

    Jul 6, 2022 Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers what lessons the rest of the world will take from the asymmetrical conflict in Europe.

  4. Eight Lessons from the Ukraine War
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    Eight Lessons from the Ukraine War

    Jun 15, 2022 Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees some clear conclusions to draw even at this early stage in the conflict.

  5. Soft Power After Ukraine
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    Soft Power After Ukraine

    May 3, 2022 Joseph S. Nye, Jr. shows that persuasion and attraction still matter even in a contest of military might.

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    In Search of a Development Plan for Asia

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng argue that bottom-up institutions – not top-down strategies – are the key to regional integration.
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    Giorgia Meloni’s Moment

    Bill Emmott sees little difference between the Brothers of Italy’s program and that of recent right-wing governments.
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    America’s Education Emergency

    Michael R. Strain calls for urgent action to make up for pandemic learning loss in light of dismal new test scores.
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    God Save the Pound?

    Andrés Velasco explains why sterling is plummeting when economic theory says it should be soaring.
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    Preparing for the Long War

    Mark Leonard thinks Europeans should plan for a prolonged conflict despite Ukraine’s recent gains.
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    Realizing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific

    Abe Shinzō

    Less than a month before he was assassinated, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister set out his vision for the region. He buttressed his case by comparing China’s growing threats against Taiwan to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

    set out his vision for the region less than one month prior to his assassination in July.
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    Russia, Iran, and the Perils of Post-Autocracy

    Robert D. Kaplan

    With Russia facing defeat on the battlefield and massive protests once again engulfing Iran, both countries’ regimes look vulnerable. But the end of tyranny is more likely to lead to a dangerous political vacuum than to a democratic transition.

    warns that the collapse of a despotic regime more often leads to a political void than to a healthy democracy.
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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.

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