'Staff Ride' in Vietnam offers students immersive learning

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
For 10 days in early January, nearly 40 Duke undergraduate and graduate students, Duke Political Science faculty members and alumni traced the path of the 1968 Tet Offensive through Vietnam. Their trip was an academic adaptation of the “staff ride” format the U.S. military uses to educate... Read More »

Is News of Terror Attacks Underplayed? Experts Say No - Peter Feaver interviewed for The NYTimes

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Peter D. Feaver, a political scientist at Duke who studies public opinion on national security issues, said he saw no basis for the White House claims. “I don’t think there’s evidence of the press underreporting terrorism,” he said. “The corporate incentives run the other way.” But Mr. Feaver... Read More »

Turkish media upset by Duke Political Science Professor Michael Ward's model for coup predictions

Thursday, February 2, 2017
A Jan. 31 Washington Post article, penned by data scientist Andreas Beger and Duke University political science professor Michael Ward, discussed a forecast model that measures the likelihood of “irregular leadership changes, including coups.” According to Beger and Ward, their model shows Turkey... Read More »

Where are coups most likely to occur in 2017? Michael Ward coauthors for The Washington Post

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Our research has developed tools to forecast irregular leadership changes, which include coups. Using some of the tools and similar data, we’ve now created a 2017 forecast for the risk of coups for 161 countries. We use a small number of statistical models to create separate forecasts for... Read More »

Academic Life: Learning from the Women's March

Monday, January 30, 2017
Bailey Sanders and Victoria Dounoucos, two Political Science Ph.D students, attended the Women's March in solidarity with their friend and to explore themes in their research interests.  By attending the March, they learned more about the dynamics of this political coalition than they would... Read More »

January Duke Political Science Publications

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Bagg, Samuel. "When will a Darwinian approach be useful for the study of society?" Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, Available at Sage Journals In recent years, some have claimed that a Darwinian perspective will revolutionize the study of human society and culture. This project is... Read More »

Taiwanese see themselves as Taiwanese, not as Chinese - Austin Wang coauthors for The Washington Post

Monday, January 2, 2017
The “status quo” between China and Taiwan is never static. How Taiwanese people perceive the relationship necessarily constrains the political position of Taiwan’s democratically elected leader. As a result, understanding Taiwanese perceptions is essential in navigating the delicate relationship... Read More »

After junior year as Duke Political Science major, German student wins Rhodes Scholarship

Monday, December 19, 2016
Timur Ohloff only spent one year as an undergraduate at Duke, but it was an important piece of the German student’s successful application for a 2017 Rhodes Scholarship. A graduate of Freie Universität Berlin with a B.A. in North American Studies and Political Science, Ohloff spent his junior... Read More »

Trump needs to back Russian hack attack probe - Joseph Grieco writes op-ed

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Trump and his team are reacting to the CIA's assessment in precisely the wrong way. If Russian hacking operations did in fact occur, and if they did so at the behest of Russian intelligence, then the more Trump doubles down on claiming the contrary, the more reliant he becomes on Russian... Read More »

NATO is sharing the defense burden - Eddy Malesky coauthors for The Washington Post

Friday, December 9, 2016
But lost in the 2016 campaign rhetoric is the reality that NATO defense spending appears to have “turned a corner.” At the Wales Summit in September 2014, Alliance leaders pledged, for the first time publicly, to “reverse the trend of declining defense budgets.” Each NATO member committed to move... Read More »