News & Commentary - Archive 2011

September 12, 2011

Four panels of Duke University faculty members gathered at the Bryan Center Sept. 9 to consider how America has changed as a result of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

September 11, 2011

The counterterrorism initiative launched in response to the horrific attacks on our country 10 years ago continues to this day.

On this solemn anniversary, it is appropriate to reflect on how this initiative has fared. Those who were killed in the attacks, the police and firefighters who perished trying to save others, the soldiers and intelligence agents who have died or been injured in foreign lands and all of their families deserve no less than a candid appraisal of how we responded and an informed strategy of how to proceed in the future.

September 7, 2011

On a rainy day in October 2005, Dana Priest was escorted across the immaculate marble lobby of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia along with a pair of her editors from The Washington Post (I was one of them).

We crowded into a private, key-operated elevator that opened into a study that would have seemed almost cozy if not for the arresting artifact at the far end of the room: an American flag, scorched and battered, recovered from Ground Zero and now hanging behind the director’s desk.

September 6, 2011

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that about 14.5 million Americans remained in the ranks of the unemployed in December 2010. December’s unemployment rate of 9.4 percent represented the twentieth consecutive month where the jobless rate exceeded 9 percent, the longest span with rates that high since the Great Depression.… The nation faces an ongoing and sustained employment crisis.

September 2, 2011

An exhibit of 20 self-portraits of Muslims in North Carolina and Bahrain by photographer Todd Drake will open Thursday, Sept. 8, at 4:45 p.m. with a reception and artist’s talk on the first floor of Rubenstein Hall at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

September 2, 2011

A conference marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11 will be held Sept. 8, 9 and 12 at Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The "9/11: 10 Years Later" conference is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged, but not required. To register, visit

September 1, 2011

When Associate Professor Donald H. Taylor Jr. decided to write a book about the federal budget crisis, he was faced with a problem: He wanted his text to influence the current debate, but publishing an academic text might take months at best.

August 26, 2011

The Sanford School added six new positions to its core faculty this year. The new faculty bring a mix of scholarship and real-world experience in policymaking positions that strengthen the school’s substantive expertise in  several policy areas.  

August 23, 2011

Cheating won’t be solved just by tighter rules and better enforcement. A century of big-time college sports tells us that much.

August 22, 2011

Bruce Kuniholm, the founding dean of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, will step down at the end of this academic year, Provost Peter Lange announced Monday.

During his tenure, Kuniholm successfully led the transition of Sanford from an institute to a school and the doubling of the public policy faculty.