The Future of Power in the 21st Century
Conventional wisdom says that the global balance of power is shifting. US power is declining and Asia is rising. Europe, Japan, and Russia are on their way down. How would we know? What do we mean by “Power”? We will explore various dimensions of power — military, economic, soft, cyber — and how they are changing under the impact of the information revolution and globalization. Then we will look at how various countries fare on these different dimensions, and discuss a grand strategy for American power and how the Obama Administration measures up against it.
Moderator: Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
More than 25 seminar participants joined the roundtable discussion led by Joseph Nye on April 2 at the Harvard Kennedy School. A reception with special guests Walter Isaacson, Aspen Institute President and CEO, Elliot Gerson, Aspen Institute Executive Vice President, was held at the Harvard University Club of Boston on April 1.