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Josef Joffe, PhD

Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Visiting Professor, Political Science; Marc and Anita Abramowitz Fellow, Hoover Institution

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January 7th, 2011

Josef Joffe in Foreign Affairs: Less than Zero

FSI Stanford Op-ed: Foreign Affairs

Previous attempts at total nuclear disarmament have failed, as strategic logic and state interest have prevailed over wishful thinking, write Josef Joffe, FSI senior fellow, Abramovitz Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and editor of Die Zeit, and James W. Davis, professor of political science and director, Center for Security Economics and Technology at the University of St. Gallen, in the Jan/Feb. issue of Foreign Affairs. For similar reasons, they say, a similar fate awaits the Global Zero movement, which calls for "the phased, verified elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide." Read more »



November 10th, 2009

Josef Joffe: The Wall and the end of history

FSI Stanford, The Europe Center Op-ed: Newsweek

"November 9, 1989, deserves a towering monument in every European capital - a marker of something completely new under the European sun," writes FSI Senior Fellow Josef Joffe in Newsweek. "Unlike in 1789, the promise of peace and liberty was truly delivered. Unlike in 1919 ... 1989 brought an end to the worst part of European history." Read more »



November 3rd, 2008

Joffe reviews Herring's 'From Colony to Superpower' in NYT

FSI Stanford, The Europe Center News

"The strength of this book is the author's Herculean power of synthesis," writes FSI senior fellow Josef Joffe in the New York Times article, "Entangling alliances". "Ours is the age of merciless specialization -- no grand prizes for grand sweeps. Yet Herring recaptures a quarter-millennium of American foreign policy with fluidity and felicity. Wisely or warily, he avoids taking sides in the great controversies; a good teacher, he presents the 'on the one hand' along with the 'on the other,' copious references included." George C. Herring will be giving a lecture at FSI on Nov. 17 titled, "From Colony to Superpower: U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1776". Read more »



January 14th, 2008

Blogs: Clash of civilizations? No, a clash with Iran

FSI Stanford in the news: Chronicle of Higher Education on January 11, 2008

FSI senior fellow Josef Joffe is quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education's "*Footnoted from Academic Blogs." Read more »


Blogs: Clashing civilizations revisited

FSI Stanford Op-ed: Middle East Strategy at Harvard on January 10, 2008

In a Jan. 6 New York Times Book Review essay, Fouad Ajami doubts his own 1993 critique of Samuel Huntington's Clash of Civilizations. Prompted by that reflection, the Middle East Strategy at Harvard, a project of the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, invited FSI senior fellow Josef Joffe to revisit Huntington's thesis. Read more »




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The European Revolt Against Reality
Josef Joffe: "Forget for a moment François Hollande, who sent Nicolas Sarkozy packing on Sunday. Set aside, too, the triumph of the radical left and the neo-Nazis in Greece who together captured one-third of the vote. Look instead at Europe's real mess: the ..."
May 9, 2012 in Wall Street Journal

Germany Reformed Its Social Model. Europe Can, Too
Josef Joffe: "Forget Europe’s debt disaster for a moment and look instead at a few numbers that dramatize the underlying problem."
April 16, 2012 in Bloomberg

Opinion: Eurozone must muddle through
Josef Joffe: "As one of the early skeptics of the European monetary union, events are now proving me and other critics right. But I am not going to take a cheap, I-told-you-so shot at the most ambitious integration project in the history of Europe ..."
March 8, 2012 in Prague Post

Why Nobody Will Help the Syrian People
Josef Joffe: "When interests meet ideals in the arena of states, ideals lose out. How shall we count the ways? In recent times, there were Somalia, Rwanda and Darfur—the massacres and the ethnic cleansing dwarfing anything happening in Syria or, last summer, in Libya. In ..."
February 27, 2012 in New Republic

How Europe Views the US Presidential Campaign
Despite their ongoing economic troubles, Europeans are closely following the U.S. presidential campaign, says Josef Joffe, publisher-editor of the leading German newspaper Die Zeit.
February 9, 2012 in Council on Foreign Relations

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