'Soft Power' Sage: How American Policy Can Loosen East Asia Tensions

Yoko Makino Policy Series:
Harvard Professor Joseph Nye on America’s “Rebalance” Towards Japan & China

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 6:30 pm, at Japan Society


New York, NY - The Obama administration’s proposed “Pivot” to Asia has had to compete for attention amid numerous other policy challenges. The domestic debates over healthcare reform and the budget have required a great deal of the administration’s attention, while the responses to Syria’s civil war and Iran’s nuclear program have occupied much of the U.S.’s diplomatic focus. At the same time, tensions continue to rise throughout East Asia as territorial disputes and nationalistic sentiments hamper dialog between the major regional powers.

In Harvard Professor Joseph Nye on America’s “Rebalance” Towards Japan & China, Joseph Nye, University Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University, and former Dean at the Kennedy School of Government, examines the progress being made in America’s “rebalance” towards Asia, paying special attention to American policy toward China and Japan. Moderated by TIME's Mark Halperin, the talk takes place Wednesday, March 12, at Japan Society.

Agenda: 6:00 pm, registration; 6:30 lecture and Q&A; 7:30-8:00, reception.

Admission: $15. Japan Society Corporate Members are entitled to a designated number of FREE admissions based on their company's membership level. Discounted rates are available for additional Japan Society Corporate Members, certain individual members, government officials and academics. To register or for more information, please email, visit, or call 212-715-1208.

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. is University Distinguished Service Professor and former Dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, did postgraduate work at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and earned a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard. He has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and a Deputy Under Secretary of State. His most recent books include Soft Power, The Power Game: A Washington Novel, The Powers to Lead and Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, and the American Academy of Diplomacy. In a recent survey of international relations scholars, he was ranked as the most influential scholar on American foreign policy.

Mark Halperin, editor-at-large and senior political analyst for TIME, covers politics, elections and government for the magazine and Halperin is also the creator and author of’s The Page, a news-and-analysis tip sheet that gathers and edits the latest political stories, campaign ads, TV clips, videos and campaign reactions from every news source, along with Halperin’s own analysis. In addition, Halperin is senior political analyst for MSNBC, where he appears regularly on Morning Joe and other programs on the cable channel. He also is a frequent guest on “Meet the Press” and “Charlie Rose.” Prior to joining TIME in April 2007, Halperin worked for nearly 20 years at ABC News, where he covered five presidential elections and served as political director from November 1997 to April 2007. He is a co-author of the New York Times No. 1 best seller Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, Palin and McCain, and the Race of a Lifetime (Harper, 2010), which was made into an HBO film in 2012; author of The Undecided Voter’s Guide to the Next President (Harper Perennial, 2007); and co-author of The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008 (Random House, 2006).

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This event is sponsored by Yoko Makino.

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