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Kennedy School dean to speak on American power, May 8

Joseph Nye Jr., dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, will speak on "The Paradox of American Power" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in 46 McCosh.

Nye, who received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Princeton in 1958, also is the Don Price Professor of Public Policy at Harvard, where he joined the faculty in 1964. He became the dean of its Kennedy School in 1995.

Nye has had a distinguished career in government as well as in academia. From 1977 to 1979, he was deputy to the undersecretary of state for security, science and technology and chair of the National Security Council Group on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons. In 1993 and 1994, he was chair of the National Intelligence Council and, in 1994 and 1995, served as assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs.

Nye is the author of numerous books, including "The Paradox of American Power: Why the World's Only Superpower Can't Go It Alone" (2002). He argues that America must adopt a more cooperative engagement with the rest of the world. In the future, he believes the United States will rely less on military might and more on "soft power" -- power that comes from the appeal of our culture, values and institutions.

Nye's talk is part of a lecture series on "Current Issues in International Relations" sponsored by the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination and the Center of International Studies .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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