Prof. Joseph Nye: China’s growing hard power is likely to frighten its neighbors into coalitions against it

In the Boston Global Forum Conference on “U.S.-Japan-China Relations” on September 17, 2014, which focuses on building a Framework for peace and security in the Pacific, Professor Joseph Nye said: “If you are growing in hard power in a military or economic capacity the way China has you’re likely to frighten your neighbors into coalitions against you. But if you can combine your hard power with soft power of attraction and persuasion you make those coalitions less likely.”

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Joseph S. Nye Jr. is the University Distinguished Service Professor, and former Dean of the Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and is a member of Boston Global Forum Board of Thinkers. He has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and Deputy Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology. 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 internatinal relations scholars, he was ranked as the most influential scholar on American foreign policy, and in 2011, Foreign Policy named him one of the top 100 Global ¬†Thinkers. His most recent books include The Power to Lead, The Future of Power, and Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era.