Joe Nye received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Princeton University (1958). He did postgraduate work at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship and earned a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. He joined the Harvard Faculty in 1964. From December 1995 – June 2004, he was Dean of the Kennedy School of Government. He is now the Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations and Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard University. From 1977 – 1979, he served as Deputy to the Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology and chaired the National Security Council Group on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons. In recognition of his service, he received the highest Department of State commendation, the Distinguished Honor Award.
In 1993 and 1994, he was chairman of the National Intelligence Council, which coordinates intelligence estimates for the President. He was awarded the Intelligence Community’s Distinguished Service Medal. In 1994 and 1995, he served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, where he won the Distinguished Service Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster. A member of the editorial boards of Foreign Policy and International Security magazines, he is the author of numerous books and more than a hundred and fifty articles in professional journals. Recent publications are The Power Game: A Washington Novel (2004), Soft Power:The Means to Success in World Politics (2004), and Power in the Global Information Age (2004). He has published policy articles in The New York Times,The Washington Post,The International Herald Tribune,The Wall Street Journal, and The Financial Times. 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.