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Foreign Policy Expert to Speak at Ohio Wesleyan
Joseph Nye Outlines “The Powers to Lead” on Feb. 11

January 29, 2009

Joseph Nye Jr., Ph.D.
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DELAWARE, OHIO – One of America’s foremost scholars and advisers on international politics, Joseph Nye Jr., Ph.D., will discuss “The Powers to Lead” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Nye will speak in Benes Rooms A and B of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan’s International Studies Program and Department of Politics and Government.

Nearly 20 years ago, Nye coined the term “soft power” to describe a nation’s ability to attract and persuade, arising from the attractiveness of its culture, political ideals, and policies. And, he specifies, it is crucial that a nation utilize both soft power and hard power (achieved through military or economic might) in world diplomacy.

“Soft power is crucial in our reordered post-September 11 world,” he states in his book, “Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics.”

“Soft power is not weakness,” Nye continues. “It is a form of power, and the failure to incorporate it in our national strategy is a serious mistake.”

Nye is a university distinguished service professor and former dean at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He also is its Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations. Nye received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, completed postgraduate work at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and earned his doctorate in political science from Harvard.

He has served as assistant secretary of defense for International Security Affairs, as chair of the National Intelligence Council, and as deputy undersecretary of state for Security Assistance, Science, and Technology.

Nye’s speech will mark Ohio Wesleyan’s 20th annual John Kennard Eddy Memorial Lecture on World Politics. The lecture serves as a living memorial to former student John Kennard “Jeff” Eddy, a politics and government major killed in a 1988 automobile accident.

Ohio Wesleyan will host three additional spring semester lectures to discuss the world’s political situation. All will be held in Benes Rooms A and B of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, and all are free and open to the public.

  • 7:30 p.m. March 18 – Mitchell A. Seligson, Centennial Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, will present “Challenges of Democracy: A View from the Americas Barometer, 2008.”
  • 7:30 p.m. April 6 – James Fearon, Geballe Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences and chair of the Department of Political Science at Stanford University, will present “An International Organization for Democracies.”

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 47 states and 50 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.