News & Commentary - Archive 2012

November 29, 2012

Two mid-career officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation began classes this fall as the first students in the new Counterterrorism and National Security Fellows Program at the Sanford School. The program is designed to give mid-career military and national security officials a deeper understanding of the policy-making process, broaden their communication and problem-solving skills and deepen their understanding of other cultures.

November 29, 2012

A new program brings together Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and the Indian Institute of Management in Udaipur, India (IIMU), in a collaborative research and educational effort that aims to help transform the lives of some of the poorest people in the world.

The project will match faculty researchers from both institutions with Indian nonprofit organizations that not only can provide valuable logistical support for faculty research projects in India, but also can act on the findings.

November 28, 2012

Early life experiences shape the academic paths of many professors, but few find their research as directly connected to their roots as Jay A. Pearson, assistant professor at the Sanford School. Disparities across cultural groups and consequences of ethnic identity formation are not only the focus of Pearson’s research; he has experienced them firsthand.

November 28, 2012

New Professor Uses Cell Phones to Gather Data on Teen Stressors

November 26, 2012

AT a time when territorial disputes over uninhabited outcrops in the East China Sea have led to smashed cars and skulls in China, a similar, if less dramatic, dispute over two remote rocks in the Gulf of Maine smolders between the United States and Canada.

Machias Seal Island and nearby North Rock are the only pieces of land that the two countries both claim after more than 230 years of vigorous and sometimes violent border-making between them.

November 20, 2012

The initial response to Hurricane Sandy has, necessarily, focused on immediate needs, such as restoring power, providing shelter and trucking in fuel to the area. However, after the most pressing problems are resolved and communities begin the long task of rebuilding, public health officials should make it a priority to assist some of the most vulnerable members of these communities — pregnant women and their unborn babies.

November 19, 2012

Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will discuss national security issues at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy on Thursday, Nov. 29.

As part of the Von der Heyden Fellows Program Endowed Lecture Series, Carter will talk about national security challenges and issues such as the upcoming budget sequestration cuts, with Peter Feaver, professor of political science and public policy at Duke. 

November 19, 2012

The 2012 presidential election was the year for Twitter and data mining, which both changed the way candidates ran campaigns and how the campaigns were covered in the media.

Speakers at the annual John Fisher Zeidman Memorial Colloquium on Politics and the Press Saturday said Twitter in particular increased voter's access to campaigns and expanded the range of opinions about the candidates.

November 16, 2012

In his first press conference since being re-elected, President Barack Obama acknowledged he'll focus on climate change in his second term. "I am a firm believer that climate change is real, that it is impacted by human behavior, and carbon emissions," Obama said at a televised news conference on Wednesday. "And as a consequence, I think we've got an obligation to future generations to do something about it."

November 13, 2012

A panel of national political journalists from broadcast, print and online media will gather on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Sanford School of Public Policy to evaluate media coverage of the 2012 elections.

The event begins at 1 p.m. in Fleishman Commons, and is free and open to the public.

Duke’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy will host the event, titled the 2012 John Fisher Zeidman Memorial Colloquium on Politics and the Press.

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