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What the United States and other powerful nations are facing, Joseph Nye contends in his new book "The Future of Power," is an unprecedented shift in power, both away from the traditionally dominant West to the East, and away from states to nonstate actors — everyone from hackers and terrorists to billionaire philanthropists to the whistleblowers of WikiLeaks.

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Kennedy School’s Nye charts a course for continued U.S. influence

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Robert D. Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, polled a group of 3,000 Americans in 2006 and again in 2007. The comprehensive surveys, combined with case studies of 13 churches across the country, provided the backbone of his book “American Grace.”  What the data showed, Putnam said, is that America is a remarkably devout, religiously diverse, and surprisingly tolerant place.

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Fewer Americans identify with a particular religion, Putnam finds

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