News & Commentary - Archive 2007

December 17, 2007

Selected graduate students from 22 Middle Eastern countries will receive full support to pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Policy (MPP) under a new agreement between Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation.

December 6, 2007

Bruce Jentleson, a professor at Duke University's Sanford Institute of Public Policy, has been selected to serve in advisory capacity for a new Genocide Prevention Task Force chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen.

December 4, 2007

In a recent study, Professor of Public Policy Philip Cook and others find that strict government regulations on handgun ownership can curtail the underground market for handguns. The study is based in part on interviews with gang members, gun dealers, professional thieves, prostitutes, police, public school security guards, and teenagers from two South Side Chicago neighborhood.

November 19, 2007

Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and Republican political strategist  Karl Rove are scheduled to speak at Duke in coming weeks. On Nov. 27 at the Sanford Institute’s Fleishman Commons, Krugman will discuss his new book, Conscience of a Liberal, which calls for new policies to address the nation’s economic inequalities. [more]

November 8, 2007

In his latest piece for, Sanford Institute Professor of Public Policy Bruce Jentleson points out the flaws in the United States’ outmoded, Ptolemaic view of itself in the global arena. [article]

November 7, 2007

The quality-of-life benefits of using hospice care at the end of life are well known, but up to now, analyses of how much money hospice saves compared to traditional end-of-life care have had mixed results. This study, by Assistant Professor of PPS Don Taylor and others, shows an average savings of $2,309 per Medicare hospice user, and concludes that increasing the length of time that hospice is used for terminal patients can result in even greater savings.

November 1, 2007

Decades of contentious political issues and colorful political players are on display at the Sanford Institute in an exhibit of nearly 100 editorial cartoons by award-winning cartoonist Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher. The exhibit, titled “Mightier Than the Sword: The Satirical Pen of KAL,” is located in the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy’s Rubenstein Hall. It opens Nov. 7 and will remain on display through the remainder of the academic year.

October 16, 2007

As a classically trained pianist, Yi Xiang likely could have attended one of the top music conservatories in the United States. However, Xiang, PPS ’09, instead chose to attend Duke. Watch a short video profile of Xiang discussing the benefits of Duke's liberal arts curriculum, his music and academic passions.

October 11, 2007

Visit to Duke as 2007 Sanford Lecturer leads to invitation to teach in spring 2008.

October 10, 2007

Jeff Stern, a 2007 Duke public policy graduate with a passion for investigative, frontline reporting, is posting dispatches and photos from Afghanistan as a correspondent for Read his report on Massoud Day, a celebration in remembrance of “the Lion of Panjshir,” a national hero for driving the Soviets from Afghanistan.