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Theory and Practice in International Relations: Conversation with Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Dean, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; 4/8/98, by Harry Kreisler

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Don K. Price Professor of Government, Harvard University. Professor Nye was Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs from 1994 to 1995; Chairman of the National Intelligence Council from 1993 to 1994; and Deputy Undersecretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology Department of State, 1977 to 1979. He's the author of numerous books and articles, book cover: Soft Powerincluding Understanding International Conflict: An Introduction to Theory and History; Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power; Power and Interdependence: World Politics in Transition. Most recently he co-edited Why People Don't Trust Government.

  1. Background
  2. Research Interests
  3. Theory and Practice
  4. Tenure at the State Department ... nuclear proliferation issues ... more on theory and practice ... truth and power
  5. Tenure at the Defense Department
  6. The Debate about the Decline of American Power
  7. The U.S. Role in World Affairs
  8. U.S. Policy in East Asia ... China ... human rights ... Japan
  9. Return to Academia ... studying the decline in confidence in government ... the role of education ... advice for students

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