Japan’s Self-Defense Defense
CAMBRIDGE – Since the end of World War II, Japan has been ruled by an American-written “peace constitution,” Article 9 of which prohibits war and limits Japanese forces to self-defense. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is now seeking legislation to enable Japan to reinterpret the constitution to include “collective self-defense,” whereby the country would enhance its security cooperation with other countries, particularly its closest ally, the United States.
Where is U.S. Diplomacy Going?
A recent four-part People’s Daily Online digital roundtable tackled pressing questions concerning U.S. diplomacy. The remarks of Joseph Nye accompanied those of Chen Gang, Ding Gang, Douglas Paal, Yuan Peng, Leonardo Valente, and Bo Zhiyue.
“I think the period of the first ten years of this century was over-militarized. While terrorism is a real threat, the means by which we pursue the problem led to a higher cost than was necessary.”
In an interview with Ayako Mie of The Japan Times, Joseph Nye responds to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent reform proposals:
“Japan has a very impressive record in the last half century. And it should get credit for that, but when you jump over the last half century and you go back to the 1930s and 1940s, all you are doing is shooting yourself in the foot,” said Nye. “Only Japan can isolate Japan and it’s doing a pretty good job of it.”
Read the full interview here.
CAMBRIDGE – By most accounts, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been the winner in the Ukraine crisis, at least so far. His annexation of Crimea, which Nikita Khrushchev arbitrarily transferred to Ukraine in 1954, has been widely applauded at home, and he has largely shrugged off Western governments’ responses. But, from a longer-term perspective, Putin’s victory is not quite so certain.
iai.tv Debate: The Conflict to Come
Harvard political scientist and Clinton administration insider Joseph S. Nye, Oxford historian Rana Mitter, and HSBC Chief Economist Stephen D. King envisage a new world order in this Philosophy for Our Times debate on “The Conflict to Come.” Moderated by Isabel Hilton, the full discussion is available at iai.tv.
Duties Without Borders
CAMBRIDGE — More than 130,000 people are said to have died in Syria’s civil war. United Nations reports of atrocities, Internet images of attacks on civilians, and accounts of suffering refugees rend our hearts. But what is to be done – and by whom?
The Myth of Isolationist America
CAMBRIDGE — Is the United States turning inward and becoming isolationist? That question was posed to me by a number of financial and political leaders at the recent World Economic Forum at Davos, and was heard again a few days later at the annual Munich Security Conference. In a strong speech at Davos, Secretary of State John Kerry gave an unambiguous answer: “Far from disengaging, America is proud to be more engaged than ever.” Yet the question lingered.
CAMBRIDGE—This year marks the hundredth anniversary of a transformative event of modern history. World War I killed some 20 million people and ground up a generation of Europe’s youth. It also fundamentally changed the international order in Europe and beyond.
The Presidency: 20th Century Presidential Leadership
On Sunday, December 15, 2013, Harvard Kennedy School Professor Joseph Nye examined the foreign policies of 20th century American presidents in a segment titled “The Presidency: 20th Century Presidential Leadership” on C-SPAN’s American History TV. Through the identification of two main types of presidential temperaments—transformational and transactional—Nye argues both styles were important in the development of America’s international power.
After his talk, Nye continues the discussion with fellow Harvard Kennedy School Professor David Gergen. To see the episode in full, click here.