21st Century Power

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Joseph Nye, University Distinguished Service Professor and former dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the author of The Future of Powerexplains why he believes that technology and information flows shape today's balance of global power.


Joseph Nye

Comments [7]

Eric from Brooklyn

WOW... paraphrasing BL's question to Mr Nye, 'what is the point of the US hard power if it is not to hoard resources for US use?' or words to that effect. I noted that Nye did not answer the question. This may have been the most radical thing I have ever heard BL utter on air. (I have to relisten to this) I tend to agree w Nye that US is underestimating and underutilizing its soft power in foreign affairs. But BL pursued a very important line of questions to which no answers offered. May I suggest that you produce a segment on question you posed. Please keep it up.

Feb. 09 2011 11:35 AM
Don Swanson from New Jersey

Nye's observation of "winning the narrative," as the real power is at the heart of rhetorical theory for 2400 years, and is constantly upheld by history. Look at the fall election in the US, and who prevailed in the election. The real economic facts fell prey to a simplistic, oft repeated narrative.

Feb. 09 2011 11:25 AM
Gaetano Catelli from Dixieland, USA

because i'm a dumb American, i believe that the US was *already* 20-25% of global GDP and energy consumption by the *1920s*.

but, after December 7, 1941, it became obvious to even the most blind leftwing and rightwing isolationists that there would be no lasting peace in West Europe and East Asia unless and until an American imperium imposed it.

if i were smart, i would instead swallow the neo-Marxist anti-American narrative, but i'm not smart.

Feb. 09 2011 11:07 AM
Gaetano Catelli from Dixieland, USA

outside of the Shah (the only alternative to a Persian Hugo Chavez -- on Stalin's border), every ME dictator we've backed has been a product of that country's politics, not ours. if we only engaged ME democracies, we wouldn't have made peace with anyone.

Feb. 09 2011 11:00 AM
Don't editorialize, Brian.

You can't sum up the Middle East with a cute little tautology like that. Of course it's going to be terribly, terribly complicated.

Feb. 09 2011 10:58 AM
Gaetano Catelli from Dixieland, USA

your guest has not disappointed me. 'winning the narrative' is (at least) as old as Pericles's speech to the Athenians.

it was certainly a large part of Octavian's (the future Augustus) campaign against Antony & Cleopatra.

legitimizing the Tudor dynasty was the motive behind Shakespeare's history plays.

Feb. 09 2011 10:55 AM
Gaetano Catelli from Dixieland, USA

because i'm a dumb Americun, i find anything preceded by the correlative "smart" to be, prima facie, guilty (of naivete') until proven innocent.

Feb. 09 2011 10:48 AM

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