White identity politics - Ashley Jardina writes for Monkey Cage

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Trump’s reaction may have energized some of his key supporters, but the whites marching on Charlottesville were only a small segment of a much larger population for whom the politics of white identity resonates. The vast majority of white Americans who feel threatened by the country’s growing... Read More »

Kerry Haynie discusses Charlottesville turmoil on NPR and WJLA

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Dr. Kerry L. Haynie, director of Duke University's Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender, struck a note of caution in removing the Confederate monuments.  "I am fearful as an educator that we will forget the past," Haynie noted. "You often see now in textbooks and various... Read More »

Would a public that doesn't approve of Trump follow him into war? - Peter Feaver on CNN

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Peter Feaver, a Duke University political scientist who served as a senior adviser on the national security council for strategic planning under Bush, says these international doubts won't make it impossible for foreign leaders to back Trump if they support his strategy -- as demonstrated by the... Read More »

Trump's baffling attacks on McConnell - David Rohde interviewed for The New York Times

Friday, August 11, 2017
David Rohde, a professor of political science at Duke University, said the most plausible explanation of Trump’s decision to take on McConnell this week is an effort to play directly to his base. “For all the talk about fake polls, Trump and his collaborators must realize that their political... Read More »

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 »

How capitalists can create value by reducing waste - Michael Munger and Tomorrow 3.0

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
As Duke University political science professor Michael Munger argues in his speech “Tomorrow 3.0,” people are earning tidy livings by reducing transaction costs. Uber doesn’t make anything. Airbnb doesn’t make anything. Lyft doesn’t make anything. These companies create value by facilitating... 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 »