Kenneth A. Oye

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Kenneth Akito Oye (born October 20, 1949) is an American political scientist and Associate Professor of Political Science and Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is Director of the MIT Program on Emerging Technologies and former Director of the MIT Center for International Studies.


Oye graduated from Swarthmore College and from Harvard University with a Ph.D in Political Science. He is best known for publications on Regime theory and International Political Economy. His current research focuses on planned adaptation in the face of pervasive uncertainty, with applications in emerging technologies.[1]

Oye currently teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[2] He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Trustee of the World Peace Foundation.


Edited with Robert Lieber and Donald Rothchild:

  • Eagle in a New World: American Grand Strategy in the Post Cold War Era. HarperCollins. 1992. 
  • Eagle Resurgent? The Reagan Era in United States Foreign Policy. Little Brown and Co. 1987. 
  • Eagle Defiant: United States Foreign Policy in the 1980s. Little Brown and Co. 1983. 
  • Eagle Entangled: U.S. Foreign Policy in a Complex World. Longman. 1979. 


  1. ^ “In profile: Kenneth Oye: A political scientist aims to help governments assess the potential risks of new technologies” - MIT News – August 11, 2011
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