“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Josef Joffe, the Marc and Anita Abramowitz Fellow in International Relations at the Hoover Institution, is publisher-editor of the German weekly Die Zeit.
Previously he was columnist/editorial page editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung (1985–2000).
His areas of interest are: U.S. foreign policy, international security policy, European-American relations, Europe and Germany, and the Middle East.
His essays and reviews have appeared in a wide number of publications including the New York Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, Commentary, New York Times Magazine, New Republic, Weekly Standard, and the Prospect (London). He is a regular contributor to quality daily newspapers in the United States and Britain.
His second career has been in academia. Currently, he is adjunct professor of political science at Stanford, where he was the Payne Distinguished Lecturer in 1999–2000. He also is a distinguished fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford. In 1990–91, he taught at Harvard, where he is also an associate of the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies. He was a visiting lecturer in 2002 at Dartmouth College and in 1998 at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School. He was a professorial lecturer at Johns Hopkins (School of Advanced International Studies) in 1982–1984. He has taught at the University of Munich and the Salzburg Seminar.
His scholarly work has appeared in many books and in journals such as Foreign Affairs, the National Interest, International Security, 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 Statesand the Burdens ofAlliance and coauthor of Eroding Empire: Western Relations With Eastern Europe. His most recent book is The Future of International Politics: The Great Powers (1998); forthcoming is Über-Power: The Imperial Temptation in American Foreign Policy, to be published by W.W. Norton.
Joffe is a member of the American Academy, 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 (2001–5).
He also is a member of the editorial boards of the American Interest, Washington; International Security, Harvard University; Internationale Politik, Berlin; Prospect, London; and, from 1995 to 2005, the National Interest, Washington.
He is a trustee of Atlantik-Brücke, Berlin, and of Deutsches Museum, Munich; Abraham Geiger College, Berlin, and a member of the American Council on Germany and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Among his many awards are honorary doctoral degrees in human letters from Swarthmore College in 2002 and Lewis and Clark College in 2005; the Theodor Wolff Prize (journalism) and Ludwig Börne Prize (essays/literature), Germany, and the Federal Order of Merit, Germany.
Reared in Berlin, he obtained his Ph.D. degree in government from Harvard.Last Updated: Jan 10, 2017, 5:09pm