Firing Comey Makes an Independent Commission Even More Likely - Peter Feaver writes for Foreign Policy

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
The legitimate questions about what the Russians were doing cannot be fired away. Indeed, if Comey has damaging testimony to offer, he would seem to be even more of a threat as a former FBI director than as an acting one. Moreover, the hearings for his successor will be dominated by the same... Read More »

How Abnormal was Comey's Firing? - Timur Kuran sourced for the NYTimes

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Timur Kuran, a professor of political science and economics at Duke, said: “It is extremely unusual for a U.S. president to interfere with an investigation involving his own behaviors. It puts at risk checks and balances that are vital to the health of U.S. democracy.” Continue reading here... Read More »

Healthcare is a moral issue first - David Siegel writes for The Hill

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
On May 4 the House of Representatives passed a poorly understood healthcare bill. The more people learn about it, the less they seem to like it. Maybe that’s why it was so shrouded in secrecy before passage, with barely any analysis of its likely effects or opportunity for public discourse... Read More »

Professor Michael Ward Retires

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Michael Ward retired as Professor of Political Science at Duke University.  He received a bachelors from Indiana University in 1970, served with the 287th Military Police in the Berlin Brigade from 1970-72, and earned a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University in 1977... Read More »

Timur Kuran and Peter Feaver sourced for NYTimes: "Is the Trump Presidency Getting More Normal? Experts Rate 28 Events"

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
President Trump continues to be unconventional. But he also seems to be adjusting to the realities of the presidency, governing in a more typical way than when he started. That was the conclusion of a panel of experts asked by The Upshot to rate 28 major news events in the administration’s... Read More »

Risky brinkmanship with an unstable North Korean regime, Kyle Beardsley writes Op-Ed

Monday, May 1, 2017
The game of chicken is commonly used to describe conflicts between states armed with nuclear weapons. Also referred to as "brinkmanship," leaders of nuclear states know that it is not credible to threaten the initiation of nuclear war, but they try to use the risk of nuclear hostilities to get... Read More »

Herbert Kitschelt interviewed on political ideology in French Election for The Washington Post

Monday, April 24, 2017
The selection of Macron and Le Pen for the runoff may be a harbinger of a more far-reaching transformation of the French party system. Scholars like MIT political scientist Suzanne Berger have long argued that as globalization, European integration and immigration have become increasingly salient... Read More »

Trump and his ‘America First’ philosophy face first moral quandary in Syria - Peter Feaver interviewed for The Washington Post

Thursday, April 13, 2017
“They have not yet figured out what they are trying to do,” said Peter Feaver, a professor at Duke University and an adviser in the second Bush administration. “What looks like recalibration might be multiple voices.” In a White House marked by rival factions, it has become difficult to figure... Read More »

Gerrymandering: America's Most Dangerous Maps? - Michael Munger on NPR's 1A radio show

Monday, April 3, 2017
“[In] early elections, the U.S. was trying to choose how our institutions would work, and famously there was Governor [Elbridge] Gerry of Massachusetts. In the 1812 election [he] had signed off on a map that one of the districts – that his party, the Democratic Republicans would get a seat in the... Read More »

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 »