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 Myth of America's Decline: Politics, Economics, and a Half Century of False Prophecies (Liveright, 2013), Über-Power: The Imperial Temptation in America (W.W. Norton, 2006), The Limited Partnership: Europe, the United States and the Burdens of Alliance (Ballinger Pub Co, 1997) and coauthor of Eroding Empire: Western Relations with Eastern Europe (Brookings Institution Press, 1987). 

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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Analysis and Commentary

Mrs. Merkel's War

by Josef Joffevia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Mr. Obama's War is now Mrs. Merkel's War, ever since the nasty "September Surprise," sprung on her three weeks ahead of the national elections...

Analysis and Commentary

The Default Power

by Josef Joffevia New York Times
Thursday, August 20, 2009

Every 10 years, it is decline time in the United States...

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The Longest-Running Diplomatic Show

by Josef Joffevia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Now it’s Hillary Clinton’s turn to play “the Peacemaker.” The cast may change, but the script—anti-Semitism in the Arab world—doesn’t. By Josef Joffe.

Analysis and Commentary

The Art of Persuasion at the G-20 Summit

by John B. Taylor, Josef Joffevia New York Times
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

President Barack Obama has tried to reduce the perception of a rift between the United States and member nations of the Group of 20 over how to revive the global economy...

Analysis and Commentary

Anti-Semitism In Araby

by Josef Joffevia Newsweek
Monday, March 9, 2009

This week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Israel and the West Bank, stepping into the longest-running show in American diplomacy, one that goes all the way back to the Rogers Plan of 1969...

Analysis and Commentary

Do Palestinians Really Want a Two-State Solution?

by Josef Joffevia Wall Street Journal Europe
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

What if there is no solution?...

The Putin Doctrine

by Josef Joffevia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 22, 2009

“Russia has only two reliable allies—its army and navy.” Invading Georgia, Russia reverted to form. By Josef Joffe.

Analysis and Commentary

The Russia Problem

by Josef Joffevia Time Magazine Online
Friday, November 21, 2008

Russia has a European strategy, but Europe does not have one for Russia — unless you want to call "Let's not rile the Bear" a strategy...

Analysis and Commentary

Entangling Alliances

by Josef Joffevia New York Times
Sunday, November 2, 2008

This is an ambitious work and a steal — a thousand pages for $35...

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Fear as a Tax

by Josef Joffevia Hoover Digest
Sunday, October 12, 2008

How an overconcern with security can distort the face America shows the world. By Josef Joffe.