Josef Joffe

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Josef Joffe, a distinguished 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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Josef Joffe

Anti-Immigrant cracks in Germany's fragile diversity

by Josef Joffevia NPR
Saturday, October 23, 2010

Josef Joffe, the Marc and Anita Abramowitz Fellow in International Relations at the Hoover Institution and publisher-editor of the German weekly Die Zeit, discusses the economic woes and fears of terrorism that are feeding anti-immigrant—particularly anti-Muslim—sentiment with NPR’s Scott Simon.

Analysis and Commentary

Those Reassuringly Dull Germans

by Josef Joffevia Wall Street Journal
Monday, October 4, 2010

Twenty years after reunification, Germany is almost Swedish in its boring predictability...

Turkey is a bridge too far for Europe

by Josef Joffevia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, August 26, 2010

Gideon Rachman made a compelling case this week for Turkey’s admission to the European Union, if also with one key qualifier: no freedom of movement for workers and immigrants.

Analysis and Commentary

Turkey is a bridge too far for Europe

by Josef Joffevia Financial Times
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Let us give the Turks all the trade and investment privileges Europe has to offer, by all means. Let us reserve for them a berth for the day when they will want to accept Europe as their home port. But not now, and not for at least a generation...

Analysis and Commentary

The International Stimulus Sweepstakes: Who Wins?

by Josef Joffevia New Republic
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

During the student revolt of the 1960s, an historic Italian poster proclaimed “La lotta continua”—or, the struggle will go on. Today, it is not students versus state, but economists versus economists...

Analysis and Commentary

Germany and the Real 9/11 Mosque

by Josef Joffevia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Mohamed Atta's former haunt was certainly a hub for terrorists, but keeping it open and under surveillance would have been the wiser course...

Analysis and Commentary

Stay Forever

by Josef Joffevia New Republic
Wednesday, July 21, 2010

No soldier wants to be the last one to die in a war, goes the old saw. In Afghanistan, make that: No coalition member wants to be the last one to quit...

Analysis and Commentary

Krugman’s Tales from the Crypt

by Josef Joffevia New Republic
Saturday, July 10, 2010

If repetition doesn’t improve the argument, try escalation. Paul Krugman, Princeton’s Nobel laureate-turned-columnist, has been haranguing the Europeans, and the Germans in particular, to drop their fiscal tightwad act...

Doctor Mitchell’s Talking Cure

by Josef Joffevia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 2, 2010

U.S. envoys are orchestrating “proximity talks”—another proposal for Mideast peace that’s going nowhere fast. By Josef Joffe.

Analysis and Commentary

Turkey is making a play for regional power

by Josef Joffevia Financial Times
Sunday, June 6, 2010

In the Middle East nothing is ever what it seems. We have heard that the Gaza flotilla was on a humanitarian mission. Well, five of the six ships were, unloading their cargo in the Israeli port of Ashdod, but the Mavi Marmara was not, provoking an Israeli assault...