Reactions from Duke policy experts on the first presidential debate of 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Clinton’s challenge was to convey her policy skills without becoming too “wonkish,” and to show a steadiness that would help build trust as president to offset doubts based more on her reputation for political maneuvering, said Bruce Jentleson, a professor of public policy and political... Read More »

The meaning in Trump's refusal to admit support for Iraq war - Joseph Grieco writes for The News & Observer

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
As we saw again in this week’s debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump refuses to acknowledge that, in a September 2002 radio interview with Howard Stern, he said it was “a good idea” to go to war against Iraq. In fact, he now claims that before the war began in March 2003, he voiced... Read More »

David Rohde discusses gerrymandering in PBS NewsHour interview

Monday, September 26, 2016
DAVID ROHDE, DUKE UNIVERSITY: 2010 was a real benchmark because it produced so many states in which the Republicans completely controlled the process. JEFF GREENFIELD: David Rohde is a political scientist at Duke University in North Carolina, one of the states where Republicans won control of... Read More »

Edmund Malesky coauthors reflections on null results

Monday, September 19, 2016
In the academy and well beyond, the problem of null results has become quite significant. Indeed, discussions of null results have made their way as far as TV commentator John Oliver’s recent discussion of science in which he poignantly notes that people generally do not like to hear... Read More »

Obama puts nuclear ban in jeopardy - Kyle Beardsley writes for The Post and Courier

Saturday, September 17, 2016
Even though the treaty to ban nuclear weapons testing was never fully enacted — more on that later — the anti-testing agenda has been successful. Since 1999, only North Korea has conducted nuclear tests. Although North Korea’s ongoing behavior has, deservedly, been met with global outrage,... Read More »

Turkey's Changing Freedom Deficit - Timur Kuran writes for Project Syndicate

Thursday, September 15, 2016
The AKP and many of its opponents agree on one thing: had the putsch succeeded, the repression would be far worse. And, indeed, AKP supporters far outnumber Gülenists. But the AKP has made bitter enemies over the last 14 years, and millions of Turks would have applauded the jailing of its leaders... Read More »

Michael Munger on NPR Planet Money podcast

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Transcript excerpt... ​VANEK SMITH: (Laughter) And there is always someone who will help us be a little bit lazier - for a profit. SMITH: And I guess in some ways with all that, you know, one-click shopping, the internet has made us lazier, and it's simultaneously created all these... Read More »

Department hosts Interdisciplinary Political Theory Retreat

Monday, September 12, 2016
Funded by a Humanities Futures Grant from the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Interdisciplinary Political Theory Retreat was held on September 9, 2016 in 270 Gross Hall.  Faculty from the history, philosophy and political science departments, as well as the Divinity School, the Law School,... Read More »

NPR The State of Things, David Siegel explains the impact of 9/11 on teaching about terrorism

Saturday, September 10, 2016
"This Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The event caused shifts in global political, social and economic climates around the world, and has given birth to lots of new academic scholarship. In advance of the anniversary, Duke University asked some of its scholars to... Read More »

Kerry Haynie elected as Co-President of the APSA's Section on Race and Ethnic Politics

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Professor Kerry L. Haynie was elected to a two year term as Co-President of the American Political Science Association's  Section on Race and Ethnic Politics, at the association's annual meeting in Philadelphia, August 31-September 4, 2016.  The purpose of the Section... Read More »