Joseph S. Nye, Jr. is the co-founder, along with Robert Keohane, of the international relations theory neoliberalism, developed in their 1977 book “Power and Interdependence”. Together with Keohane, he developed the concepts of asymmetrical and complex interdependence. They also explored transnational relations and world politics in an edited volume in the 1970s. More recently, he pioneered the theory of soft power.
Nye is currently University Distinguished Service Professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and previously served as dean there. Nye has published many works in recent years, the most recent of which being “Understanding International Conflicts”, “The Power Game: A Washington Novel”, “Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics”, and “The Paradox of American Power”. Nye coined the term “soft power” in the late 1980s and it first came into widespread usage following a piece he wrote in “Foreign Policy” in the early 1990s.
Nye also served as Deputy to the Undersecretary of State in the Carter Administration and Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Clinton Administration. He has been awarded the Woodrow Wilson Prize by Princeton University and the Humphrey Prize by the American Political Science Association. In 2005, he was awarded the Honorary Patronage of the University Philosophical Society of Trinity College Dublin.