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Josef Joffe

Josef Joffe

Senior Fellow, Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute & Publisher-Editor, Die Zeit

Josef Joffe is the publisher-editor of the German weekly Die Zeit and a senior fellow of Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. A visiting professor of political science at Stanford and a fellow of the Hoover Institution, he has also taught at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Munich. In 2005, he co-founded the foreign policy journal The American Interest with Zbigniew Brzezinski and Francis Fukuyama. Joffe’s articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, International Security, and Foreign Policy as well as in professional journals in Germany, Britain, and France; his essays and reviews have appeared in New York Review of Books, Commentary, New Republic, and Weekly Standard; and, he is a regular contributor to the op-ed pages of Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, and others. Previously he was a columnist and editorial page editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung. His most recent book is The Myth of America’s Decline: Politics, Economics, and a Half Century of False Prophecies (2014).

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For now, don't waste time staring at the PPP snapshots, as kneaded and pummeled by the World Bank. They reflect the price of Big Macs, not III: innovation, ingenuity and invention.

Monday, May 12, 2014

China’s rise need not entail America’s fall. How ‘declinism’ distracts us from contemplating a much more complicated future.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

The leader of the world’s only superpower just ‘wants to be alone.’

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Joffe discusses the long tradition of American declinism, drawing heavily form his recent book, <em>The Myth of America’s Decline</em>.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Joffe talks about his book, <em>The Myth of America’s Decline</em>.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The problem is not in the geographical shifting, but in the rhetoric and behavior of the last 6 years. These indicate retraction as well as unwillingness to use force, except in microscopic doses.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Joffe on American exceptionalism, why Europeans hate Israel, and why China may not be the next superpower.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Why did Vladimir Putin thumb his nose at the U.S. in the Snowden affair? Because he could.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Prophesying doom for America is a hearty perennial with many uses. A fifth wave of declinism in as many decades is now rising.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The false prophecy of America’s decline.

Thursday, October 1, 2009