Joseph S. Nye Jr. is a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, and former Dean of the Kennedy School. 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 Deputy Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology. He is a world renowned author of numerous published books, including Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics (2005); Understanding International Conflict; and The Power Game: A Washington Novel (2006). In 2008, he published The Powers to Lead and his latest book, published in 2011, is The Future of Power.