Josef Joffe

Visiting Fellow

Josef Joffe, a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, is publisher/editor of the German weekly Die Zeit.

His areas of interest are US foreign policy, international security policy, European-American relations, Europe and Germany, and the Middle East.

His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, Commentary, New York Times Magazine, New Republic, Weekly Standard, Newsweek, Time, and Prospect (London).

His second career has been in academia. A professor of political science (by courtesy) at Stanford, he is also a senior fellow at Stanford's Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies. In 1990–91, he taught at Harvard, where he remains affiliated with the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies. He was a professorial lecturer at Johns Hopkins (School of Advanced International Studies) in 1982–84. He has also taught at the University of Munich and the Salzburg Seminar.

His scholarly work has appeared in Foreign Affairs, National Interest, International Security, and Foreign Policy. He is the author of The Limited Partnership: Europe, the United States and the Burdens of Alliance and The Future of International Politics: The Great Powers (1998) and coauthor of Eroding Empire: Western Relations with Eastern Europe. His most recent book is Über-Power: The Imperial Temptation in America (W.W. Norton). In 2013, Norton will publish At the Cassandra Crossing: The False Prophecies of American Decline.

Joffe serves on the boards of the American Academy, Berlin; Aspen Institute, Berlin; Leo Baeck Institute, New York; and Ben Gurion University, Israel. He is chairman of the Abraham Geiger College, Berlin.

In 2005, he founded the American Interest (Washington, DC) with Zibigniew Brzezinski, Eliot Cohen, and Francis Fukuyama. He is also a board member at International Security, Harvard University, and Internationale Politik, Berlin.

Among his awards are honorary doctoral degrees from Swarthmore College in 2002 and Lewis and Clark College in 2005; the Theodor Wolff Prize (journalism) and Ludwig Börne Prize (essays/literature), Germany; the Scopus Award of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem; and the Federal Order of Merit, Germany.

Raised in Berlin, he obtained his PhD degree in government from Harvard.

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Recent Commentary

Analysis and Commentary

Brexit Britain Has Displaced Germany As The Land Of Dreamers

by Josef Joffevia Financial Times
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The UK was viewed as the home of liberty and rationality – but now it’s goodbye.

Analysis and Commentary

Chaos City

by Josef Joffevia The American Interest
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Summit spectaculars, riot hipsters, and the terror tactics of protest.


Europe’s Struggle To Take Its Destiny Into Its Own Hands

by Josef Joffevia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Continent that doesn’t spend on defense and thinks ‘peace’ is a form of power still needs America.

Analysis and Commentary

The Pear Who Ate Germany

by Josef Joffevia Foreign Policy
Sunday, June 18, 2017

[Registration Required] Helmut Kohl was an unlikely political heavyweight, but his relentless drive helped put East and West back together.

Analysis and Commentary

In Memoriam: Helmut Kohl (1930-2017)

by Josef Joffevia The American Interest
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Kings get monuments when they die. Democratic leaders usually slink off into obscurity once they are out. Helmut Kohl deserves the former fate.

Analysis and Commentary

How Trump Is Like Obama

by Josef Joffevia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

There’s more continuity than difference between ‘nation-building at home’ and ‘America First.’

The German Mujahidy, by Boualem Sansal
Analysis and Commentary

Can The Holocaust Be Explained?

by Josef Joffevia Wall Street Journal
Friday, April 14, 2017

A new batch of books by Laurence Rees, Peter Hayes and David Cesarani tries to crack the puzzle: Why the Jews? And why the Germans? Josef Joffe reviews.


An Island Nation Chooses Non-Splendid Isolation

by Josef Joffevia Financial Times
Thursday, March 30, 2017

After Brexit, Britain and Europe will both be less than the sum of their parts.

Analysis and Commentary

An Axe Hangs Over The Liberal Order. Can Merkel Convince Trump To Put It Down?

by Josef Joffevia Guardian
Friday, March 17, 2017

Angela Merkel’s trip to Washington will be no love fest, but the two leaders have more in common than we’d like to think.

Analysis and Commentary

Germany Has Taken Itself Out Of The Nuclear Running

by Josef Joffevia Financial Times
Monday, February 13, 2017

[Subscription Required] By 2023, the country will have none of the wherewithal for a weapons option.