News & Commentary - Archive 2011

August 22, 2011

We're the Bi-Sectoralists. One from the private sector world of global finance and markets, one from the public sector world of foreign policy in Washington and academia. We're tired of the "you're the problem -- no, you are" finger pointing between the public and private sectors. Both are.

Both sectors need to get their own acts together, and to work better together if we're going to have any chance of revitalizing domestically and competing globally.

As a starting point, we offer five guiding principles:

August 2, 2011

A RAND report shows New York City’s bonus program for teachers did not lead to improved student achievement. Why?

July 28, 2011

For years, a group of American authors, bloggers, pundits and activists have mischaracterized the conflict with al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations as part of a broader “clash of civilizations” between Muslims and Western society.

This clash, they claim, is not just about preventing terrorist attacks but about stopping a global Islamic movement that threatens the very foundations of Judeo-Christian society.

July 26, 2011

Naima von Ritter Figueres PPS’11 traveled to Guatemala to explore ways to help local women adopt environmentally sustainable cooking stoves.

July 11, 2011

William Darity,Jr, Arts & Sciences Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics, is taking part in the Kenan Institute for Ethics “Good Question” series, considering racial and economic disparities and how identifying as “multiracial” might change policy.

How might social policies change as more Americans identify themselves as “multiracial?”

July 11, 2011

A large-scale evaluation of an innovative health care program in the Indian state of Bihar has been awarded a $3 million grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Bihar Evaluation of Social Franchising and Telemedicine (BEST) study will be led by Manoj Mohanan, an assistant professor of public policy and global health at Duke University.

June 16, 2011

Since the early 1970s, the Media Fellows Program has brought media professionals from the United States and around the world to Duke to study for a month, a semester or an academic year. To date, more than 500 journalists have participated from as near as Washington, D.C., to as far as Beijing and Moscow.

As technology and globalization dramatically reshape the mandates and methods of communications and media organizations, the Media Fellows Program provides journalists a chance to take time away from the 24-hour news cycle and explore issues of media practice and policy.

June 16, 2011

Many in the U.S. followed the news unfolding in Japan when an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident struck the country’s northern region in March, but two members of the Duke community watched especially closely.

Takaaki Iwabu and Tatsuo Nakajima—Japanese journalists and Media Fellows with the Dewitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy—recently described what it was like to follow the tragic events taking place in their home country from thousands of miles away.

June 9, 2011

Since North Carolina Republicans introduced a Voter ID bill in February that would require all citizens to show a photo ID before voting, one thing has become crystal clear.

State efforts are part of a nationwide drive to tighten rules on voting. In the past two months no less than 13 state legislatures, all of them controlled by Republicans, have advanced Voter ID legislation.

June 7, 2011

On May 19, state Sen. Phil Berger said that even in these difficult economic times, we need to make sure all North Carolina children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

Last week, Wake Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Jr. upped the ante on this goal by announcing a special hearing related to the Leandro legal case. The judge wants to make sure that legislators meet the educational needs of North Carolina's children as required by that case.

Thank you, Senator Berger and Judge Manning. But how do we get there?