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Duke & UNC keep pulling top marks in U.S. News grad-school rankings - The Herald-Sun reports

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
U.S. News also announced another set of grad-program rankings it doesn’t update every year, covering fields in the social science and the specialty field of library science.  In the social sciences, Duke and UNC both turned in strong showings, particularly for their political science... Read More »

Celebrating International Women Day: women in the changing world of peacekeeping - Kyle Beardsley coauthors

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Celebrated for the first time by the UN on 8 March, 1977, International Women’s Day serves as a way to mark women’s contributions all around the globe. One area where women’s contributions are particularly worthy of celebration is in United Nations peacekeeping missions. Since the deployment of... Read More »

Watch Peter Feaver interview Martin Dempsey, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Peter Feaver of Duke University's Department of Political Science interviewed General Martin Dempsey, Duke Alumnus and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  During this April 11, 2016 converation, Feaver and Dempsey discussed the responsibilities of the Chairman, the global threats... Read More »

February Duke Political Science Publications

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Johnston, Christopher D., Howard G. Lavine, and Christopher M. Federico. 2017. Open versus Closed: Personality, Identity, and the Politics of Redistribution. Cambridge University Press.  Debates over redistribution, social welfare, and market regulation are central to American politics.... Read More »

The Most Dangerous Job in Washington, Peter Feaver interviewed in Politico

Friday, February 17, 2017
“A national security adviser has to successfully manage three key constituencies: first and foremost his relationships with the president, but also his relations with other senior officials in the West Wing, and with Cabinet officials in various agencies,” says Peter Feaver, who served on... Read More »

China's Governance Puzzle - Edmund Malesky coauthors new book

Thursday, February 16, 2017
China is widely viewed as a global powerhouse that has achieved a remarkable economic transformation with little political change. Less well known is that China's leaders have also implemented far‐reaching governance reforms designed to promote government transparency and increase public... Read More »

'Staff Ride' in Vietnam offers students immersive learning

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
For 10 days in early January, nearly 40 Duke undergraduate and graduate students, Duke Political Science faculty members and alumni traced the path of the 1968 Tet Offensive through Vietnam. Their trip was an academic adaptation of the “staff ride” format the U.S. military uses to educate... Read More »

Is News of Terror Attacks Underplayed? Experts Say No - Peter Feaver interviewed for The NYTimes

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Peter D. Feaver, a political scientist at Duke who studies public opinion on national security issues, said he saw no basis for the White House claims. “I don’t think there’s evidence of the press underreporting terrorism,” he said. “The corporate incentives run the other way.” But Mr. Feaver... Read More »

Turkish media upset by Duke Political Science Professor Michael Ward's model for coup predictions

Thursday, February 2, 2017
A Jan. 31 Washington Post article, penned by data scientist Andreas Beger and Duke University political science professor Michael Ward, discussed a forecast model that measures the likelihood of “irregular leadership changes, including coups.” According to Beger and Ward, their model shows Turkey... Read More »

Where are coups most likely to occur in 2017? Michael Ward coauthors for The Washington Post

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Our research has developed tools to forecast irregular leadership changes, which include coups. Using some of the tools and similar data, we’ve now created a 2017 forecast for the risk of coups for 161 countries. We use a small number of statistical models to create separate forecasts for... Read More »

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