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

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Research Interests
U.S. foreign policy, international security policy, European-American relations, Europe and Germany, and the Middle East

Josef Joffe is publisher-editor of the German weekly Die Zeit. Previously he was columnist/editorial page editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung (1985-2000).

Abroad, his essays and reviews have appeared in: New York Review of Books, New York Times Book Review, Times Literary Supplement, Commentary, New York Times Magazine, New Republic, Weekly Standard, Prospect (London), Commentaire (Paris). Regular contributor to the op-ed pages of Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post; Time and Newsweek.

His second career has been in academia. In 2007, he was appointed Senior Fellow of Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (a professorial position), with which he has been affiliated since 1999. A visiting professor of political science at Stanford since 2004, he is also a fellow of the University's Hoover Institution. He has also taught at Harvard, Johns Hopkins and the University of Munich. Visiting lecturer at Princeton and Dartmouth. In 2005, he co-founded the foreign policy journal "The American Interest" in Washington (with Zbigniew Brzezinski and Francis Fukuyama).

His most recent book is Überpower: America's Imperial Temptation (2006, translated into German and French). His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, International Security, The American Interest and Foreign Policy as well as in professional journals in Germany, Britain and France. He is the author of The Limited Partnership: Europe, the United States and the Burdens of Alliance, The Future of International Politics: The Great Powers; co-author of Eroding Empire: Western Relations With Eastern Europe.

Boards: American Academy in Berlin, International University Bremen, Ben Gurion University, Israel; Goldman Sachs Foundation, New York, Aspen Institute Berlin, Leo Baeck Institute, New York; German Children And Youth Foundation, Berlin; European Advisory Board, Hypovereinsbank, Munich (2001-2005). Editorial Boards: The American Interest, (Washington); International Security (Harvard), and Prospect (London), The National Interest (Washington, 1995-2000). Trustee: Atlantik-Brücke (Berlin), Deutsches Museum (Munich), Abraham Geiger College (Berlin). Member: American Council on Germany, Intl. Institute for Strategic Studies. Honors: Honorary Degree in Humane Letters, Swarthmore College (2002), Lewis and Clark College, 2005; Theodor Wolff Prize (Journalism) and Ludwig Börne Prize (Essays/Literature), Germany; Federal Order of Merit, Germany.

He obtained his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard.

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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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