February 20, 2004

Leading foreign policy expert to speak on campus

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. - One of the nation's leading foreign policy experts will speak at Southern Illinois University Carbondale next week.

Joseph S. Nye Jr., will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Hiram H. Lesar law school auditorium. SIUC's Political Science Department and the Public Policy Institute are sponsoring Nye's appearance, which is part of the Morton-Kenney Public Affairs Endowed Lecture series.

Nye's lecture, "Soft Power and the War on Terrorism," will look at the United States being the world's only superpower, and what impact that has on the war against terrorism.

The speech is open to the public, and admission is free. A book signing for Nye's soon-to-be released "Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics," is scheduled after the lecture.


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Nye has been dean of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government since December 1995. Nye joined the Harvard faculty in 1964.

In 1994 and 1995, he served as assistant secretary of defense for international security

affairs during President Bill Clinton's administration. In 1993 and 1994, Nye was chairman of the National Intelligence Council, which coordinates intelligence estimates for the president. From 1977 to 1979, Nye served as deputy to the under secretary of state for security assistance, science and technology, and chaired the National Security Council Group on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

Nye is the author of several books and more than 150 articles in professional journals.

SIUC political science professor Robert L. Clinton said the University is honored "to have somebody who has been that high up in the foreign policy-making sector of government."

Nye is also a frequent guest on news television programs, and publishes policy articles in some of the nation's leading newspapers.

He is very well recognized," said Christy Stewart, an academic advisor in the political science department. "He is not only one of the top researchers in foreign policy, but also an experienced practitioner in the field."

The lecture series brings speakers to campus in the spring and fall of each year. SIUC alumnus Jerome M. Mileur established the series in 1995 in honor of two of his college professors, Ward Morton and David Kenney. Mileur earned a doctorate in political science from SIUC in 1971, and is currently a professor and graduate program director in political science at the University of Massachusetts.

For more information, contact Christy Stewart at 618/453-3168.