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Joseph S. Nye, Jr., dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, will speak on "The Paradox of American Power" on Saturday, November 9, at 3 p.m. in Reed’s Vollum lecture hall as part of Reed College’s Special Public Policy Lecture Series, America and the World in the Post 9/11 Era. The lecture, co-sponsored by the Munk-Darling Lecture Fund in International Relations and the World Affairs Council of Oregon, is free and open to the public. For more information visit or call the Reed events hotline at 503/777-7755.

Not since Rome has any nation had so much economic, cultural, and military power, but that power is still not enough to solve global problems such as terrorism, environmental degradation, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction without involving other nations. In this lecture Nye will focus on the rise of these and other new challenges and explain clearly why America must adopt a more cooperative engagement with the rest of the world.

Joseph S. Nye, Jr., was cited by Nicholas Lemann in his September 16, 2002, New Yorker article as "someone who might well have turned up in a high-ranking foreign-policy job in a Gore Administration." Nye's most recent books are The Paradox of American Power: Why the World’s Only Superpower Can’t Go It Alone (2002) and Understanding International Conflicts (fourth edition, 2002). He is the author of numerous other books, more than 150 articles in professional journals, and policy articles in journals that include the New York Times, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times. Nye has appeared on programs such as ABC’s Nightline and Good Morning America, CNN’s Larry King Live, CBS’s Evening News, and the PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer, as well as Australian, British, French, Swiss, Japanese, and Korean television.

Nye returned to Harvard in December of 1995 after serving as U.S. assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, in which position he won two distinguished service medals, and as chair of the National Intelligence Council. He first joined the Harvard faculty in 1964, serving as director of the Center for International Affairs and associate dean of arts and sciences. From 1977 to 1979 Nye was deputy to the U.S. Undersecretary of State for security assistance, science, and technology, and he chaired the National Security Council group on nonproliferation of nuclear weapons. He received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University, did postgraduate work at Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship, and earned a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.

Special Public Policy Lecture Series

The attacks of September 11, 2001, have been described as fundamentally changing the world. One year later, however, the lasting effect of 9/11 on America’s sense of self, the country’s role on the international stage, and the desire and ability of America to single-handedly lead a "war on terrorism" remains unclear. America and the World in the Post 9/11 Era is an attempt to encourage a dialogue about these topics, as Reed College hosts a series of public lectures featuring international experts on foreign policy, military affairs, the Near and Middle East, and the rights of ethnic and religious minorities.

The Munk-Darling Lecture Fund in International Relations was endowed in 1996 by Reed trustee Martha Darling ’66 and her family in honor of Frank Munk, professor emeritus of political science at both Reed and Portland State University. Munk, who was born in the Czech Republic in 1901 and died in 1999, was a member of the Reed faculty from 1939 to 1965. He was the founder of the World Affairs Council of Oregon and dean of its predecessor, the Northwest Institute for International Relations. In addition to his teaching positions, Munk served as adviser to Radio Free Europe and the United Nations, and as director of the Zagreb Institute for Central European Studies. He was the author of books that include Atlantic Dilemma, The Legacy of Nazism, and The Economics of Force, and he was a contributing editor of the Dictionary of Political Science. Munk won many awards for his work in international affairs and for teaching. He served in numerous public positions, including chair of the Portland Committee on Foreign Relations, governor of the City Club, and world affairs commentator to KOIN-TV.

The World Affairs Council of Oregon is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing public awareness about topics of global concern by organizing forums and lectures on current international issues.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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