More than three dozen women have now alleged that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them. It’s been little more than a week since the New York Times and The New Yorker broke the story, and Weinstein’s world has collapsed, with new allegations continuing to pile up... Read More about Why Weinstein Held On For So Long and Fell So Fast - Bloomberg View interviews Timur Kuran »
Catalan separatists push for independence from Spain’s central government has been brewing for years and likely won’t be resolved any time soon, says a Duke professor.
“What we see here is a saturation effect,” said Pablo Beramendi, associate professor of political science, during a discussion... Read More about Examining Catalonia's Push for Independence from Spain - Pablo Beramendi presents at Forum for Scholars and Publics »
Trump’s fundamental fitness for office, regardless of his views on the political issues of the day, has been questioned since he first sought the presidency, and not just by Democrats.
Locally, Duke political science professor Peter Feaver, in the mid-2000s a national security aide to former... Read More about Is President Trump mentally unfit? - Peter Feaver interviewed in The News & Observer »
Timur Kuran, a professor of economics and politics at Duke University, argued that the real danger we face isn’t that we no longer trust the government but that we no longer trust each other.
Kuran calls it the problem of “intolerant communities,” and he says there are two such communities in... Read More about America's top political scientists gathered to discuss our democracy. - Timur Kuran on Vox »
Ashley Jardina's research on white identity politics continues to be a touchstone for contemporary thinking about race relations.
In The New York Times, she is quoted as saying, "It’s clear that the Democrats have lost many whites because of whites’ attitudes about race. We can see that... Read More about Ashley Jardina quoted in The New York Times and The Washington Post »
A showdown looms between Spanish authorities and the prosperous northeastern region of Catalonia over a planned October 1 referendum on independence. While some residents of the linguistically and culturally distinctive region have long pushed for secession, the current impasse has its roots in... Read More about Can Catalonia split with Spain? - Pablo Beramendi interviewed for the Council on Foreign Relations »
For those looking to Germany for stability in transatlantic relations and world politics, there is good news and bad news in this Sunday’s elections.
In Germany’s parliamentary democracy, voters elect a new parliament, which in turn elects the chancellor. Angela Merkel, Germany’s stoic head of... Read More about Beneath the stability of Merkel, the right and left roil Germany - Tim Büthe writes for The News & Observer »
"Infuriated by President Donald Trump’s election victory and energized by the possibility of an anti-Republican wave in 2018, Democratic candidates are lining up for challenges all over the country, including in North Carolina’s Research Triangle."
“It’s not a district where you would think the... Read More about Democrats lining up to run against Republican congressman in Raleigh suburbs - David Rohde interviewed for McClatchy newspapers »
“The AKP is doing massive long-term damage to the Turkish economy. Corruption is up, the quality of education has fallen, the courts are massively politicized and people are afraid to speak honestly. This package is a recipe for slow growth at best. If the economy is continuing to grow — albeit... Read More about What's behind Turkish economic miracle? - Timur Kuran interviewed in Al-Monitor »
David Rohde, a political scientist now in his 50th year of teaching the subject, taught “Congress and President” from the time he arrived at Duke in 2005 until 2015.
“I teach about American Politics from a theoretical point of view, so that approach is resilient enough to deal with the myriad... Read More about Teaching Trump-Era Politics in the Classroom - interviews with David Rohde and Michelle Whyman »