Nicholas Kralev speaks with Harvard professor Joseph Nye about presidential leadership in the conduct of diplomacy, and how the United States can maintain its primacy in world affairs. Commenting on political appointments to diplomatic positions Nye says, “It has become worse with the pressure of money in modern politics.”
Kralev is an author and expert on diplomacy, world affairs, and global travel, and is host of "Conversations with Nicholas Kralev." A former Financial Times and Washington Times correspondent, he has traveled around the world with four U.S. secretaries of state—Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, and Madeleine Albright.
The Diplomat: Interview with Joseph S. Nye
The Diplomat’s Assistant Editor Zachary Keck sat down with Dr. Joseph Nye of Harvard University to discuss Syria, China, ‘Soft Power’, America’s ‘Pivot/Rebalance’ to the Pacific, cybersecurity and more.
Keck: You’ve often discussed the notion of China’s soft power, noting both its potential sources and its continued weaknesses. What impact, if any, do you think Beijing’s refusal to break with Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria will have on its soft power, both inside and outside the Arab world?
Nye: China’s ability to get what it wants through attraction and persuasion rests on a number of factors: its culture (witness the Confucius Institutes it promotes); its values (particularly a successful growth model); and its foreign policies (for example, the pledge not to intervene in the internal affairs of other countries). But China’s refusal to support UN resolutions against the Assad regime has hurt more than helped. While Iran applauds the non-intervention policy, most Arab states and publics find China less attractive because of its policy on Syria.
The Return of Japan
TOKYO – “Japan is back!” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared during a visit to Washington, DC, earlier this year. But, while Japan may be on the right track after two decades of economic stagnation, there is still much to be done to secure the country’s long-term future.
November 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. For people alive at the time, it was one of those events that are so shocking that you remember where you were when you heard the news. I was getting off a train in Nairobi when I saw the dramatic headline.
Cambridge Forum: Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era
This September at the Cambridge Forum in Harvard Square, Joseph Nye discussed the foreign policies of 20th century American presidents, along with the effectiveness and ethics of their choices.
Accompanied by David Gergen, Director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Nye identifies two main types of presidential temperaments — transformational and transactional — and argues that both were important in the development of the nation’s international power.
To hear the full discussion, download the forum podcast, now available on iTunes. Cambridge Forum is a long-running, live public radio program focusing on the issues and ideas that shape our lives.
Joseph Nye discusses his latest work, “Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era,” at the Institute of Art and Ideas in London.
The Mouse Click that Roared
Until recently, cyber security has primarily interested computer geeks and cloak-and-dagger types. The Internet’s creators, part of a small, enclosed community, were very comfortable with an open system in which security was not a primary concern. But, with some three billion or so users on the Web nowadays, that very openness has become a serious vulnerability; indeed, it is endangering the vast economic opportunities that the Internet has opened for the world.
Arab revolutions pose
Barack Obama has been pilloried for his cautious response to the Arab revolutions. One critic writing in The Post calls him “a president in full flight.” Many urge the president to make a big bet in favor of democracy in the region. When the uprisings known as the Arab Spring first began, some analysts were optimistic about the prospects for democracy, but the revolutions should be viewed in terms of decades, not seasons. Few observers in Paris in 1789 would have predicted that a Corsican corporal would lead French forces to the banks of the Nile within a decade. And interventions in the French Revolution by great powers such as Austria and Prussia fanned, rather than extinguished, the nationalist flames.
Source: Washington Post
By Way of Power
There has been much talk lately of the perceived decline of the United States as a world power, and of the rise of China. But the soothsayers should take a closer look at the omens, because the signs they’re reading are more complicated than they think.
Surveillance and American Liberty
Ever since Edward J. Snowden disclosed the National Security Agency’s ongoing collection of massive amounts of electronic-communications data generated by United States citizens and non-citizens alike, attention has been lavished on his personal status. But the more important issue, even before Russia granted him temporary asylum, is the status of American civil liberties. Is the US guilty of hypocrisy, as Russia, China, and others have charged?