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Joseph J. Kruzel Memorial Lecture
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Joseph Nye
The Powers to Lead
Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 12:00pm - 01:30pm
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

Joseph Nye

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Joseph Nye is University Distinguished Service Professor and Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations at Harvard University.  He is also the former Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Nye has worked in three government agencies.  He served as Deputy to the Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology, from 1977 to 1979.  He held the position of chairman of the National Intelligence Council, which coordinates intelligence estimates for the President, from 1993 to 1994.  He then served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, from 1994 to 1995.

Nye is author of numerous books and more than 150 articles in professional journals.  His most recent publication is The Powers to Lead (Oxford University Press, 2008). In this book, Nye discusses the nature of leadership and how it has been transformed by the information revolution.  He also explores his theory of soft power, a leadership approach that seeks to attract, inspire, and persuade rather than dictate.

Other publications by Nye include The Power Game: A Washington Novel (PublicAffairs, 2004), Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics (PublicAffairs, 2004), and an anthology, Power in the Global Information Age (Routledge, 2004).

Nye has published policy articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times. He is also a member of the editorial boards of Foreign Policy and International Security magazines. 

He has appeared on programs such as ABC's Nightline and Good Morning America, CNN's Larry King Live, CBS's Evening News, and The PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer, as well as Australian, British, French, Swiss, Japanese, and Korean television.

Nye is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Diplomacy, a director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a member of the advisory committee of the Institute of International Economics, and the American representative on the United Nations Advisory Committee on Disarmament Affairs.

In addition to his research and teaching at Harvard, Nye also has taught for brief periods in Geneva, Ottawa, and London.  He has lived for extended periods in Europe, East Africa, Central America, and traveled to more than 90 countries.

The Joseph J. Kruzel Lecture is given at the Mershon Center each year in honor of Joseph J. Kruzel, an Ohio State faculty member in Political Science who served in the U.S. Air Force as well as other posts in the federal government. Kruzel was killed in Sarajevo, Bosnia, while serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Affairs.

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