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 »

Celebrating International Women Day: women in the changing world of peacekeeping - Kyle Beardsley coauthors

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Celebrated for the first time by the UN on 8 March, 1977, International Women’s Day serves as a way to mark women’s contributions all around the globe. One area where women’s contributions are particularly worthy of celebration is in United Nations peacekeeping missions. Since the deployment of... Read More »

Watch Peter Feaver interview Martin Dempsey, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Peter Feaver of Duke University's Department of Political Science interviewed General Martin Dempsey, Duke Alumnus and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  During this April 11, 2016 converation, Feaver and Dempsey discussed the responsibilities of the Chairman, the global threats... Read More »

February Duke Political Science Publications

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Johnston, Christopher D., Howard G. Lavine, and Christopher M. Federico. 2017. Open versus Closed: Personality, Identity, and the Politics of Redistribution. Cambridge University Press.  Debates over redistribution, social welfare, and market regulation are central to American politics.... Read More »

The Most Dangerous Job in Washington, Peter Feaver interviewed in Politico

Friday, February 17, 2017
“A national security adviser has to successfully manage three key constituencies: first and foremost his relationships with the president, but also his relations with other senior officials in the West Wing, and with Cabinet officials in various agencies,” says Peter Feaver, who served on... Read More »

China's Governance Puzzle - Edmund Malesky coauthors new book

Thursday, February 16, 2017
China is widely viewed as a global powerhouse that has achieved a remarkable economic transformation with little political change. Less well known is that China's leaders have also implemented far‐reaching governance reforms designed to promote government transparency and increase public... Read More »