Dean Nye-2Joseph S. Nye Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor and former Dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, will present “Is the American Century Over?” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30 in Colton Chapel at Lafayette College. The talk, sponsored by funds for the Robert ’69 and Margaret Pastor Lecture in International Affairs, is free and open to the public.

For more than a century, the United States has been the world’s most powerful state. Now some analysts predict that China will soon take its place. Are we living in a post-American world? What does China’s rapid rise mean for the two superpowers?

Nye 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, and in 2011, Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the top 100 Global Thinkers.

He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, and earned a PhD in political science from Harvard. 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. His most recent books include The Power to Lead, The Future of Power, Presidential Leadership, Creation of the American Era and most recently Is the American Century Over?

He recently appeared on C-SPAN, at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and published an opinion piece in The Boston Globe, “The China Challenge.”

The inaugural Robert ’69 and Margaret Pastor Lecture in International Affairs was delivered at Lafayette in 2013 by U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

For more information, contact David Stifel, associate professor of economics and chair of international affairs, (610) 330-5673,


Kristine Y. Todaro
Director of Special Projects/Media Relations
Communications Div.
Lafayette College
Easton, Pa. 18042

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