Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JOSEPH NYE AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS President Clinton announced today his intention to nominate Joseph
Nye, Jr., of Lexington, Massachusetts to be the next Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.
Dr. Nye has an extensive background in a variety of national security issues. He currently serves as Chairman of the CIA's National Intelligence for International Affairs, Dillon Professor of International Affairs, and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. From 1977 to 1979, Dr. Nye served as Deputy to the Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology and chaired the National Security Council Group on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Then-Secretary of State Cyrus Vance awarded him the highest Department of State commendation, the Distinguished Honor award.
Dr. Nye is a Rhodes Scholar who received his B. A. from Princeton University and his Ph. D. from Harvard University in political science. In addition to teaching at Harvard, Dr. Nye has also taught for brief periods in Geneva, Ottawa, Milwaukee, and London.
The position of Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs was previously titled "Assistant Secretary of Defense for Regional Security Affairs". In this role, Dr. Nye will focus on post- Soviet regional threats.