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Trump White House Tests a Nation's Capacity for Outrage - Peter Feaver interviewed for the NYTimes

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Mr. Trump urged uniformed sailors aboard the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford to call their members of Congress to lobby for his military spending plan and his proposed repeal of Mr. Obama’s health care program. Traditionally, the commander in chief does not tell the troops who serve under him to... Read More »

A simple fix to encourage bipartisanship in the House - Georg Vanberg writes for The Hill

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
American politics appears broken. The Republican Party, which is in control of Congress and the presidency, is internally fractured and incapable of advancing a coherent policy agenda. Moderation and compromise, especially across party lines, are political minefields few politicians dare cross... Read More »

Georg Vanberg and Michael Munger respond to 'Democracy in Chains'

Friday, July 14, 2017
Duke historian Nancy MacLean’s recent book “Democracy in Chains” has garnered considerably attention. In separate reviews, Professors Michael Munger and Georg Vanberg respond to Professor MacLean’s controversial thesis, and offer a different perspective on Nobel-prize winning economist James... Read More »

Peter Feaver serves on big think panels at the Aspen Ideas Festival

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Peter Feaver, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University, recently served both as interviewer and expert on panels for the Aspen Ideas Festival.  "The Aspen Ideas Festival is the nation's premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and... Read More »

Duke Political Scientist, Kyle Beardsley, wins 'Book of the Year Prize'

Thursday, June 29, 2017
Kyle Beardsley's recent book Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping (Oxford), has just been awarded the Book of the Year Prize by the Conflict Research Society.  "The Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Prize honours research that is ... Read More »

Turkish scholars face decision whether to objecting to Erdogan's politics - Timur Kuran interviewed for The Chronicle of Higher Education

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Another vocal critic of Mr. Erdogan’s government is Timur Kuran, a professor of economics and political science at Duke University. "I’m spending twice as much time on Twitter writing messages than I normally would because I feel that I have an obligation to do this as someone who is free," he... Read More »

Ralph Bunche Summer Institute 2017 underway at Duke University

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Approximately 476 students have attended the Ralph Bunch Summer Institute (RBSI) since it’s inception and 56 of those RBSI scholars have earned doctoral degrees.  After Duke University's Dr. Paula McClain became Director in 1996, RBSI has produced 48 participants who completed their Ph.D... Read More »

Duke Political Science emeritus Matthew McCubbins wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Monday, June 19, 2017
Matthew McCubbins, won this year's Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Political Science's Section on Political Organizations and Parties.  The Samuel Eldersveld Career Achievement Award recognizes a scholar whose lifetime professional work has made an outstanding contribution to the... Read More »

Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook, in memoriam

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
We were sad to learn of the passing of Samuel DuBois Cook, professor of political science at Duke from 1966 to 1975. We express our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.   "After a short stint in the U.S. Army in 1955, Cook taught political science at Southern University in Baton... Read More »

Military's clout at White House could shift U.S. foreign policy - Peter Feaver interviewed for The Washington Post

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Today the United States faces a vastly different situation in the region. U.S. troop levels are a small fraction of their Iraq War peak, and chaos and civil war have spread throughout the region. It’s also possible that military officers, chastened by the losses in Iraq, will take a more... Read More »

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