Joseph Nye

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Date of Birth January 19, 1937
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Joseph Nye

Joseph Samuel Nye Jr. is an American political scientist. He is the co-founder, along with Robert Keohane, of the international relations theory of neoliberalism, developed in their 1977 book Power and Interdependence. Together with Keohane, he developed the concepts of asymmetrical and complex interdependence. They also explored transnational relations and world politics in an edited volume in the 1970s. More recently, he explained the distinction between hard power and soft power, and pioneered the theory of soft power. 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. He is the former Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he currently holds the position of University Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus. In October 2014, Secretary of State John Kerry appointed Nye to the Foreign Affairs Policy Board.

Born: Joseph Samuel Nye Jr, January 19, 1937, South Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
Education: Princeton University, Exeter College, Oxford, Harvard University
President: Bill Clinton
Preceded by: Chas Freeman
Succeeded by: Franklin Kramer
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About Joseph Nye

A prominent political scientist and the one-time Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, he laid out his theory of neoliberalism in his 1977 book, Power and Interdependence. His other published works include Nuclear Ethics (1986) and The Paradox of American Power (2002).

Before Fame

During his time at Princeton University, he wrote for The Daily Princetonian. He later attended Oxford University and ultimately received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard.


He served as Assistant Secretary of Defense under the Clinton administration.

Family Life

He grew up in Morristown, New Jersey. With his wife, Molly, he had three sons.


His notion of "Smart Power" was made popular during the presidency of Barack Obama.

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  • Recipients of the Order of the Rising Sun, 2nd class
  • United States Assistant Secretaries of Defense
  • John F. Kennedy School of Government faculty
  • Morristown-Beard School alumni
  • International relations scholars
  • American Rhodes Scholars
  • Alumni of Exeter College, Oxford
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