Bruce W. Jentleson

Bruce W. Jentleson

Professor of Political Science

External Address: 
122 Rubenstein Hall, Box 90312, Durham, NC 27708-0312
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90312, Durham, NC 27708-0312
(919) 613-9208
International Relations, Political Institutions, Security, Peace, Conflict

Bruce Jentleson's current book, The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from 20th Century Statesmen is forthcoming in April 2018. He is a Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University, where he previously served as Director of the Terry Sanford Institute (now Sanford School) of Public Policy. He is a leading scholar of American foreign policy and has served in a number of U.S. policy and political positions. In 2015-16 he was the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress.
Jentleson’s current book is The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from 20th Century Statesmen (Forthcoming April 2018, W.W. Norton). Prior books include American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century (5th edition, W.W. Norton, 2013); The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas, co-authored with Steven Weber (Harvard University Press, 2010); and With Friends Like These: Reagan, Bush and Saddam, 1982-1990 (W.W. Norton, 1994). He also has published articles in numerous academic and policy journals and for leading online sites such as, (Council on Foreign Relations), Huffington Post,, and Washington Post Monkey Cage.
From 2009-11 he was senior advisor to the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Director. In 2012 he served on the Obama 2012 campaign National Security Advisory Steering Committee.
He also served as a senior foreign policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore in his 2000 presidential campaign, in the Clinton administration State Department (1993-94), and as a foreign policy aide to Senators Gore (1987-88) and Dave Durenberger (1978-79). He also has served on a number of policy commissions, most recently the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) Working Group co-chaired by Madeleine Albright (2011-13).
From January-June 2014 he was a Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and now is a Global Fellow. Other research appointments include the Brookings Institution, U.S. Institute of Peace, Oxford University, International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), Australia National University, and as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in Spain. He has served as a consultant to the Carnegie Commission for Preventing Deadly Conflict, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Assembly, the Atlantic Council, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and the U.S. Institute of Peace.He has lectured internationally, including in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, the Netherlands, Qatar, Spain, South Korea, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. He is often quoted in the press and has appeared on such shows as the Lehrer News Hour, BBC, al Hurra, China Radio International, and NPR.
Jentleson is a co-founder of the Bridging the Gap project promoting greater policy relevance among academics. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Close Up Foundation and the National Security Network, Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, 2017-2017 (Vice-Chair, Executive Committee 2016-17) and the Editorial Boards of Political Science Quarterly, Washington Quarterly, Global Responsibility to Protect, and CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online). In 2009, he was the program co-chair for the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University, and was recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Harold D. Lasswell Award for his doctoral dissertation; a master's from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and a bachelor’s degree also from Cornell, including study at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia.


  • Ph.D., Cornell University 1983
  • M.S., London School of Economics (UK) 1975
  • B.A., Cornell University 1973

Jentleson, Bruce W. The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from Twentieth-Century Statesmanship. W. W. Norton & Company, 2018.

Pauly, L. W., and B. W. Jentleson. Power in a complex global system. 2014, pp. 1–260.

Jentleson, B. W., and L. W. Pauly. “Political Authority, Policy Capacity, and Twenty-First-Century Governance.” Power in a Complex Global System, 2014, pp. 3–16.

Jentleson, B. W. “Strategic Recalibration: A Palmerstonian Middle East Strategy.” Order From Ashes: New Foundations for Security in the Middle East, edited by Michael Wahid Hann and Thanassis Cambanis, The Century Foundation and Brookings Institution, 2018.

Jentleson, B. W. “'The Liberal Order Isn't Coming Back' What Next?.” Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, 2018.

Jentleson, B. W. “Public Opinion and Donald Trump's Foreign Policy: Initial Assessment.” H Diplo/International Securities Study Forum, edited by Sarah Kreps, vol. Policy Roundtable, no. Public Opinion and the Trump administration’s Foreign Policy, Sept. 2017.

Jentleson, B. W. “Global governance, the united nations, and the challenge of trumping trump.” Global Governance, vol. 23, no. 2, Apr. 2017, pp. 143–49. Scopus, doi:10.5555/1075-2846.23.2.143. Full Text

Jentleson, B. W. “The United States and R2P: Challenges of Policy Prioritization, Bureaucratic Institutionalization, Strategy, and International Collaboration.” The Oxford Handbook on the Responsibility to Protect, edited by Alex Bellamy and Tim Dunne, Oxford University Press, 2016.

Jentleson, B. W. “The Bridging the Gap Initiative and Programs.” Ps  Political Science and Politics, vol. 48, no. S1, Jan. 2015, pp. 108–14. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S1049096515000529. Full Text

Jentleson, B. W. “Strategic Recalibration: Framework for a 21st-Century National Security Strategy.” Washington Quarterly, vol. 37, no. 1, Jan. 2014, pp. 115–36. Scopus, doi:10.1080/0163660X.2014.893178. Full Text

Jentleson, B. W. “Accepting Limits: How to Adapt to a Copernican World.” Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, Dec. 2012.

JENTLESON, B. R. U. C. E. W. “Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, 9/11, and Misguided Reform by Paul R. Pillar.” Political Science Quarterly, vol. 127, no. 3, Wiley, Sept. 2012, pp. 477–78. Crossref, doi:10.1002/j.1538-165x.2012.tb02280.x. Full Text

Jentleson, Bruce W. “No One's World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn.” Foreign Affairs, vol. 91, no. 3, COUNCIL FOREIGN RELAT IONS INC, May 2012, pp. 173–173.


Pauly, L. W., and B. W. Jentleson. “Preface.” Power in a Complex Global System, 1 Jan. 2014, pp. xiii–xiv.

Selected Grants

Bridging the Gap: Fostering Greater Policy Relevance in Political Science and International Studies awarded by American University (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018

Bridging the Gap: Fostering Greater Policy Relevance in Political Science and International Studies awarded by American University (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2016