Josef Joffe is publisher-editor of the German weekly Die Zeit. From 1985 to 2000, he was a columnist and editorial page editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung. 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, and Prospect (London). His second career has been in academia. Currently adjunct professor of political science at Stanford, he was Payne Distinguished Lecturer there from 1999 to 2000. He is also a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute for International Studies and Abramowitz Fellow of the Hoover Institution, also at Stanford. From 1990 to 1991 he taught at Harvard University; in 2002 he was visiting lecturer at Dartmouth College, and in 1998 at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. He was Professorial Lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies from 1982 to 1984, and he has taught at the University of Munich and the Salzburg Seminar. His scholarly work has appeared in many books and journals. He is the author of The Limited Partnership: Europe, the United States and the Burdens of Alliance and co-author of Eroding Empire: Western Relations with Eastern Europe. His most recent book is Überpower: The Imperial Temptation in American Foreign Policy (W. W. Norton, 2006). He is a trustee of The American Academy in Berlin and the Deutsches Museum in Munich, as well as a member of the American Council on Germany and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. His honors include honorary doctorates from Swarthmore College and Lewis and Clark College, the Theodor Wolff Prize in Journalism, the Ludwig Börne Prize in Essays and Literature, and the Federal Order of Merit of Germany. Raised in Berlin, he obtained his PhD in Government from Harvard.
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