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Joseph S. Nye

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. is a professor at Harvard and a member of the new Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.

Twitter: @Joe_Nye

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Limits of Chinese soft power

China has been making major efforts to increase its ability to influence other countries without force or coercion. In 2007, then-President Hu Jintao told the Communist Party that the country needed to increase its soft power; President Xi Jinping repeated the same message last year.

July 11, 2015

International norms in cyberspace

Last month, the Netherlands hosted the Global Conference on Cyberspace 2015, which brought together nearly 2,000 government officials, academics, industry representatives, and others.

May 15, 2015

The challenge of Russia’s decline

As Europe debates whether to maintain its sanctions regime against Russia, the Kremlin’s policy of aggression toward Ukraine continues unabated. Russia is in long-term decline, but it still poses a very real threat to the international order in Europe and beyond.

April 16, 2015

US hegemony or primacy?

No country in modern history has possessed as much global military power as the United States. Yet some analysts now argue that the US is following in the footsteps of the United Kingdom, the last global hegemon to decline.

March 10, 2015

Living in the age of hybrid wars

At the World Economic Forum’s recent annual meeting in Davos, I participated in a panel of defense leaders to discuss the future of the military. The issue we addressed is a critical one: What kind of war should militaries today be preparing to fight?

February 09, 2015

Examining likelihood of a Sino-Russian alliance

Some analysts believe that 2014 ushered in a new era of Cold War-style geopolitics.

January 15, 2015

Putin repeating USSR’s mistakes

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s covert aggression in Ukraine continues — and so do western sanctions against his country. But the economy is not all that is under threat; Russia’s soft power is dwindling, with potentially devastating results.

December 14, 2014

America may be down but not out

With the approach of the US Congressional elections, questions about the health of America’s political institutions and the future of its global leadership have become rampant, with some citing partisan gridlock as evidence of America’s decline. But is the situation really that bad?

October 09, 2014

West’s strategy for Russia

The Aspen Strategy Group, a non-partisan group of foreign-policy experts recently wrestled with the question of how to respond to Russia’s actions in Ukraine. And now NATO is wrestling with the same question.

September 04, 2014

Japan’s ‘collective self-defense’ move

Since the end of World War II, Japan has been ruled by an American-written “peace constitution,” Article 9 which prohibits war and limits Japanese forces to self-defense.

August 08, 2014