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Joseph S Nye, Jr

The contributor for Republica.

What could cause a US-China war?

Published On: March 4, 2021 08:00 AM NPT By: Joseph S Nye, Jr

The US and China must avoid exaggerated fears that could create a new cold or hot war.

Biden’s Asian triangle

Published On: February 7, 2021 09:00 AM NPT By: Joseph S Nye, Jr

The US cannot decouple its economy completely from China without enormous costs.

How will Biden intervene?

Published On: January 10, 2021 08:00 AM NPT By: Joseph S Nye, Jr

Where will Biden land on the spectrum of interventions intended to promote security, democracy, and human rights?

Can Joe Biden’s America be trusted?

Published On: December 8, 2020 07:00 AM NPT By: Joseph S Nye, Jr

Americans, including Biden, will still face allies’ concerns about whether they can be trusted not to elect another Trump in 2024 or 2028.

Post-pandemic geopolitics

Published On: October 10, 2020 06:00 AM NPT By: Joseph S Nye, Jr

In 2030, COVID-19 looks just as unpleasant as the Great Influenza of 1918-20 looked from 1930, and with similar limited long-term geopolitical effects.

Is Trump a turning point in world politics?

Published On: September 3, 2020 11:55 AM NPT By: Joseph S Nye, Jr

CAMBRIDGE – As the United States enters the home stretch of the 2020 presidential election campaign, and with neither party’s nominating convention featuring much discussion of foreign policy, the contest between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden apparently will be waged mainly on the battleground of domestic issues. In the long run, however, historians will ask whether Trump’s presidency was a major turning point in America’s role in the world, or just a minor historical accident.

Brent Scowcroft remembered

Published On: August 14, 2020 06:50 PM NPT By: Joseph S Nye, Jr

At a time when US President Donald Trump has run through four national security advisers in four years, and seems unable to distinguish national interest from his personal interest, Brent Scowcroft's legacy is more relevant than ever.

The other global power shift

Published On: August 12, 2020 07:00 PM NPT By: Joseph S Nye, Jr

CAMBRIDGE – Since 2017, America’s National Security Strategy has focused on great power competition, and today much of Washington is busy portraying our relationship with China as a new cold war. Obviously, great power competition remains a crucial aspect of foreign policy, but we must not let it obscure the growing transnational security threats that technology is putting on the agenda.

American exceptionalism in the age of Trump

Published On: June 6, 2020 08:00 PM NPT By: Joseph S Nye, Jr

CAMBRIDGE – In my recent study of 14 presidents since 1945, Do Morals Matter, I found that Americans want a moral foreign policy, but have been torn over what that means. Americans often see their country as exceptional because we define our identity not by ethnicity, but rather by ideas about a liberal vision of a society and way of life based on political, economic, and cultural freedom. President Donald Trump’s administration has departed from that tradition.

China and America Are Failing the Pandemic Test

Published On: April 8, 2020 09:17 AM NPT By: Joseph S Nye, Jr

CAMBRIDGE – COVID-19 is confronting humanity with its most severe test since 1918 when an influenza pandemic killed more people than died in World War I. Yet the top leaders of the world’s two largest economies, China and the United States, have failed the first round.

Norms for stability in cyberspace

Published On: December 10, 2019 09:40 AM NPT By: Joseph S Nye, Jr

CAMBRIDGE – In little more than a generation, the Internet has become a vital substrate for economic, social, and political interactions, and it has unlocked enormous gains. Along with greater interdependence, however, come vulnerability and conflict. Attacks by states and non-state actors have increased, threatening the stability of cyberspace.

Speaking truth to power

Published On: August 7, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Joseph S Nye, Jr

Presidents need an intelligence director they can trust, but can the rest of the government trust that director to speak truth to power?

Power and interdependence

Published On: July 8, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Joseph S Nye, Jr

Even if other countries are unable to extricate themselves from US networks of interdependence in the short term, incentives to do so will strengthen in the longer run

The year of Trump?

Published On: January 10, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Joseph S Nye, Jr

Trump’s temperament ranks low on the scales of emotional and contextual intelligence that made Roosevelt or Bush successful presidents

China’s soft, sharp power

Published On: January 9, 2018 01:13 AM NPT By: Joseph S Nye, Jr

China could generate more soft power if it would relax some of its tight party control over civil society