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Trump’s Harsh Language on North Korea Has Little Precedent - Peter Feaver interviewed for The New York Times

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Mr. Feaver said the explosive statement put Mr. Trump on a “risky path” because of its potential to inflame Mr. Kim, but was in keeping with his penchant for upending the established protocols of diplomacy in efforts to bring about a better outcome. “They may be saying, ‘Look, we have a 30-... Read More »

Was James Buchanan opposed to democracy? Not at all - Georg Vanberg writes for WaPo's Monkey Cage

Friday, August 4, 2017
Buchanan was emphatically committed to democracy if by democracy we understand the right of individuals to choose the political order under which they must live. If democracy is defined as a commitment to unfettered majority rule, then he was certainly not a democrat. But few, if any people are... Read More »

Do We Have Too Much Theory in International Relations or Do We Need Less? - Michael Ward writes for Oxford Research Encyclopedias

Thursday, August 3, 2017
I don’t know. This may compromise my ability to convince you that we need less of it. Doubtless many other contributors will spell out clearly what theory is, why it’s become so rare/distorted/atrophied/glorious in recent times, and tell you why we need more of it. Whatever it is. Along with... Read More »

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 »

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