Three-year National Science Foundation Grant to Support the RBSI Program Awarded to Dr. Paula D. McClain

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Dr. Paula D. McClain, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education at Duke University has been awarded a $327,465 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) for 2016-... Read More »

German-Turkish ties hit by 'Islamization' leak - Timur Kuran interviewed

Friday, August 19, 2016
The charge of "Islamization" is at least partly correct, says Timur Kuran, professor of economics, political science, and Islamic studies at Duke University. "Not only have Turkey's politics been Islamicized through AKP's deliberate policies, but Turkey's very large secular minority is under... Read More »

Donald Trump’s Terrorism Plan Mixes Cold War Concepts and Limits on Immigrants - Peter Feaver comments in the NYTimes

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Peter Feaver, a former Bush administration official who handled Iraq strategy and now teaches at Duke University, and who has signed two letters from national security officials opposing Mr. Trump’s candidacy, praised Mr. Trump for giving a “surprisingly serious” speech on counterterrorism. But... Read More »

Will Politics Take Off the Month of August? - Sunshine Hillygus interviewed

Friday, August 5, 2016
While this year the lack of an August lull is more pronounced than previously, Sunshine Hillygus, professor of political science at Duke University, told TIME the end of the August lull is also related to changes in how people read the news, including the spread of social media. “It is a... Read More »

Brexit Illustrates Why Voting Is One of the Worst Ways to Make Decisions - Michael Munger

Thursday, August 4, 2016
Now, to be clear, I’m not trying to say that Brexit itself was a bad decision. My point is about majority rule and voting. In this post, I’m going to argue that voting was not the best way to represent the will of the people when the Brexit decision was being made. Continue reading here... Read More »

The leader of the Congressional Black Caucus is having a huge year - Kerry Haynie interviewed

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Votes aside, the Congressional Black Caucus has kept its issues in the news cycle while presidential politics play out, says Duke University’s Kerry Haynie, an expert on race and ethnic politics. Butterfield can use the “bully pulpit,” Haynie said, to stay relevant at a time when the CBC’s... Read More »

The Roots of Middle East Mistrust - Timur Kuran

Thursday, July 14, 2016
Low-trust societies participate disproportionately less in international commerce, and attract less investment. And, indeed, according to the World Values Survey and related research, trust among individuals in the Middle East is low enough to limit commercial transactions to people who know one... Read More »

Ask the Experts: Michael Gillespie on Patriotism

Monday, July 11, 2016
The world has become a much, much better place as a result of globalization with a decline in violence, the growth of prosperity at almost all levels (a huge decline in absolute poverty), greater cultural and social interaction, etc. But it does hurt those who lack skills or who do not do well in... Read More »