Author and political scientist Joseph Nye, a University Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard University, is also the former Dean of the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, the Assistant Secretary of Defense under the Clinton administration from 1994-1995, and a current member of the Foreign Affairs Policy Board. He is the author of many books, most recently Is the American Century Over?.
The evocative phrase "American Century", which entered the American lexicon back in 1941, appeared as the title of an essay in Life magazine under the byline of the publishing mogul Henry Luce.
Later on, the hovering doubts over the geopolitical supremacy of the US as a leader portrayed a bleak picture of the country’s standing in the world. The world defined the 'American decline' as the Great Recession and the downturn of the economy followed by slow recovery.
However, Nye, in his compelling essay Is the American Century Over? argues that America's superpower status may well be tempered by its own domestic problems and China's economic boom, albeit, its military, economic and soft power capabilities will continue to outstrip those of its closest rivals for decades to come.
In his recent commentary on Indian-American alliance, on the 69th Independence Day of India, while he made a note of the strong prospects of Indian growth to be an American interest on its own, he also nullified the likeliness of India developing as a global challenger the US, in the first half of the century.
Nonetheless, today, when a rising China is a great rival, the global political analyst affirmed to the fact that India's increasing populace will balance out China's influence in Asia and will manage global issues such as climate change, public health, and cyber security.