Bruce W. Jentleson

Bruce W. Jentleson

William Preston Few Distinguished Professor of Public Policy

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 W. Jentleson is William Preston Few Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at Duke University, where he previously served as Director of the Terry Sanford Institute (now Sanford School) of Public Policy. 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. He received the 2018 American Political Science Association (APSA) International Security Section Joseph J. Kruzel Award for Distinguished Public Service. In 2020 he will be the Desmond Ball Visiting Professor at Australia National University, College of Asia and the Pacific, and Visiting Professor, Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI). 
Jentleson’s most recent book is The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from 20th Century Statesmanship (April 2018, W.W. Norton). Prior books include American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century (5thedition, 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).  Recent articles include “Right-Sizing Foreign Policy: A Progressive Approach,” (Democracy: Journal of Ideas, Fall 2019), “That Post-Liberal International Order: Some Core Characteristics” (Lawfare, September 2018), and “Strategic Recalibration: A Palmerstonian Middle East Strategy” in Order from Ashes: New Foundations for Security in the Middle East, Michael Wahid Hanna and Thanassis Cambanis, eds. (2018). 
From 2009-11 he was Senior Advisor to the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Director. 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). 
From January-June 2014 he was a Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and now is a Global Fellow. He also is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Other research appointments include the Brookings Institution, U.S. Institute of Peace, Oxford University, International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), 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 PBS News Hour, BBC, Al Jazeera, al Hurra, China Radio International, and NPR.
In 2009 he was Program Co-Chair for the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. He is a Co-Director of the Bridging the Gap project promoting greater policy relevance among academics. He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Political Science Quarterly, Washington Quarterly, Global R2P, and CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online). 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.


  • 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.

Frankel, B., et al. “Middle east arms control and regional security dilemmas.” Repairing the Regime: Preventing the Spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction, 2014, pp. 195–204.

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, Bruce. “Right-Sizing Foreign Policy.” Democracy, vol. 54, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, 2019.

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


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). 2019 to 2020

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