Is the American Century Over? Professor Joseph Nye and Professor Ngaire Woods in conversation

Blavatnik School of Government
June 2015

Dean Ngaire Woods will be in conversation with Professor Joseph Nye, they will be discussing his recent book: Is the American Century Over? There will also be an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the book following the discussion. This event is co-hosted by the Blavatnik School of Government and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

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About the book

“This short, well-argued book offers a powerful rebuttal to America’s premature obituarists.” The Economist

“Nye makes a strong case that American geopolitical superiority, far from being eclipsed, is still firmly in place and set to endure. And the biggest threat isn’t China or India or Russia–it’s America itself.” Time

For more than a century, the United States has been the world’s most powerful state. Now some analysts predict that China will soon take its place. Are we now living in a post-American world? Will China’s rapid rise spark a new Cold War?

In this compelling essay, world renowned foreign policy analyst Joseph Nye explains why the American century is far from over and what the US must do to retain its lead in an era of increasingly diffuse power politics. America's superpower status may well be tempered by its own domestic problems and China's economic boom, he argues, but its military, economic and soft power capabilities will continue to outstrip those of its closest rivals for decades to come.

Joseph Samuel Nye, Jr. is an American political scientist and former Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He currently holds the position of University Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard University. He is also the co-founder, along with Robert Keohane, of the international relations theory neoliberalism. More recently, he pioneered the theory of soft power. His books include The Future of Power (2011), The Powers to Lead (2008), and Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics (2004).

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and a foreign fellow of The British Academy. Nye is also a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and is the North American chair of the Trilateral Commission. In November 2014 he received the Order of the Rising Sun from the Emperor of Japan.