Presidents and foreign policy at forum

Joseph S. Nye will present a talk on “20th Century American Presidents and Foreign Policy” at the Amos Fortune Forum this Friday.

With China emerging as a new world power and with India and Brazil waiting in the wings, what role will the United States play in the 21st century and what factors will shape that role? Would America have become the dominant country in the 20th century regardless of who was president? To what extent did leaders matter, and if so, what kind of leader? What lessons can be drawn for presidents and foreign policy in the future by examining the record of the 20th century?

After graduating with a degree in political science from Princeton University, Nye studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and obtained his Ph.D. at Harvard University where he became a professor and served in numerous academic functions, most recently as Dean of the Kennedy School.

He has written numerous ground-breaking works that have had a deep impact on political science and political thinking. He is now one of the most influential and quoted scholars in the United States. He also has been actively involved in policy making, having served in the Carter and Clinton administrations as Undersecretary of State, chair of the National Intelligence Council, and Assistant Secretary of Defense.

Nye is a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor. His summer residence is in Sandwich.

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