21 November 2019

Joseph S. Nye

Professor at Harvard University, Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government.
  • Europe is a long way from a common defense structure, but the need is growing, as challenges from Africa to the Balkans loom on the horizon. Photo: Reuters

    Trump’s gift to Europe

    - Jul 7, 2017 11:17am
    At a recent conference in France, a number of Europeans surprised their American guests by arguing that US President Donald Trump might be good for Europe. With Trump returning to Europe for the G20 summit in...
  • China's Belt and Road Initiative, championed by President Xi Jinping, is aimed at expanding Beijing's economic and political influence on the global stage. Photo: Reuters

    Xi Jinping’s Marco Polo strategy

    - Jun 13, 2017 9:56am
    Last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a heavily orchestrated “Belt and Road” forum in Beijing. The two-day event attracted 29 heads of state, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin, and 1,200 delegates from over 100 countries....
  • Donald Trump has made many more false statements than any of his opponents, and few (if any) could pass the test of not being self-serving. Photo: AFP

    Lying and leadership

    - Jul 8, 2016 9:16am
    This election season has been marked by frequent charges of dishonesty. During the “Brexit” debate, each side charged the other with distorting the truth, though the speed with which the “Leave” camp has been disowning its...
  • Donald Trump has approvingly quoted Benito Mussolini. Photo: #Op309 Media

    Do we want powerful leaders?

    - Jun 6, 2016 9:04am
    A trend toward greater authoritarianism seems to be spreading worldwide. Russian President Vladimir Putin has successfully used nationalism to tighten his control over Russia and seems to enjoy great popularity. President Xi Jinping is regarded as...
  • Donald Trump's unpredictability is a useful tactic when bargaining with enemies but a disastrous approach to reassuring US allies. Photo: Reuters

    How Donald Trump would weaken America

    - May 11, 2016 10:12am
    Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive US presidential nominee, has expressed deep skepticism about the value of America’s alliances. His is a very 19th century view of the world. Back then, the United States followed George...
  • Far from educating his supporters, Donald Trump has made a strategy of pandering to some of their worst traits. Photo: AFP

    Why Donald Trump won’t be a great leader

    - Mar 8, 2016 2:33pm
    Donald Trump’s lead in the race for the Republican Party’s nomination as its US presidential candidate in November has caused consternation. The Republican establishment fears he will not be able to defeat Hillary Clinton, the likely...
  • Islamic State pays careful attention to stagecraft. 
The barbaric executions that are broadcast and disseminated through social media are designed to shock and outrage – and capture attention. Photo:

    Five truths about terrorism

    - Feb 5, 2016 8:23am
    US politics has been captured by terrorists. In December, polls showed that one in six Americans, about 16 percent of the population, now identify terrorism as the most important national problem, up from just 3 percent...
  • Air Force personnel man a US Cyber Command unit. It is often difficult to attribute the source of a cyber attack and there is a diverse number of state and non-state actors that may be involved. Photo: GSSR

    Can cyber warfare be deterred?

    - Dec 11, 2015 2:18pm
    Fear of a “cyber Pearl Harbor” first appeared in the 1990s, and for the past two decades, policymakers have worried that hackers could blow up oil pipelines, contaminate the water supply, open floodgates and send airplanes...
  • Japan is a successful, comfortable society. But could it be too comfortable for its own good? Photo:

    Is the world underestimating Japan under Abe?

    - Nov 3, 2015 8:25am
    As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sat down this week in Seoul with South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, he did so as the leader of a country that many people around...
  • The  Islamic State extols the purity of seventh-century Islam but it is extremely adept at using 21st century media tactics. Photo: Internet

    How to fight the Islamic State

    - Sep 8, 2015 4:01pm
    The Islamic State has captured the world’s attention with gruesome videos of beheadings, wanton destruction of antiquities, and skilled use of social media. It has also captured a large part of eastern Syria and western Iraq,...
  • Global circulation of the image of Liu Xiaobo's empty chair at the awarding of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo undermined the gains in soft power China had achieved with the Shanghai Expo that year. Photo: BBC

    Why China’s soft power is limited

    - Jul 13, 2015 3:50pm
    China has been making major efforts to increase its ability to influence other countries without force or coercion. In 2007, then-president Hu Jintao told the Communist Party the country needed to increase its soft power; President...
  • A US Navy crewman aboard a P-8A surveillance aircraft views a computer image purportedly showing Chinese construction on Fiery Cross Reef. Photo: US Navy

    Avoiding conflict in the South China Sea

    - Jun 4, 2015 9:40am
    When a US Navy P8-A surveillance aircraft recently flew near Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, it was warned eight times by the Chinese Navy to leave the area. Foreign...
  • Sony Pictures was a recent victim of a breach of cybersecurity. Photo: Bloomberg

    Developing international rules of the road for cybersecurity

    - May 12, 2015 8:39am
    Last month, the Netherlands hosted the Global Conference on Cyberspace 2015, which brought together nearly 2,000 government officials, academics, industry representatives and others. I chaired a panel on cyberpeace and security that included a Microsoft vice...
  • The unpredictable evolution of warfare poses a serious challenge for defense planners. Photo: Bloomberg

    The unpredictable future of warfare

    - Feb 6, 2015 9:56am
    At the World Economic Forum’s recent annual meeting in Davos, I participated in a panel of defense leaders to discuss the future of the military. The issue we addressed is a critical one: What kind of...
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to have struck a good working relationship with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Photo: AFP

    A new Sino-Russian alliance?

    - Jan 13, 2015 11:34am
    Some analysts believe that 2014 ushered in a new era of Cold War-style geopolitics. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea were met with heavy economic sanctions from Europe and the United...
  • The Chinese yuan accounts for just 9 percent of global trade compared with 81 percent for the US dollar. Photo: Bloomberg

    China rising: Why economic clout is not all about GDP

    - Nov 7, 2014 10:41am
    The World Bank recently announced that China’s economy will surpass that of the United States this year, measured according to purchasing power parity (PPP). But this is far from a holistic depiction of China’s global economic...