News & Commentary - Archive 2012

November 9, 2012

Ambassador James A. Joseph received the Distinguished Leadership Award at the 2012 International Leadership Association (ILA) conference in October.  The ILA is the global network for practitioners, scholars and educators who practice, study and teach leadership.  

November 6, 2012

When the voting is over, the analysis and post-mortems begin. Here is a round-up of events on campus and at Sanford looking back at the 2012 election.

November 2, 2012

The fate of Obamacare and the direction of the next step in health reform is the clearest choice in the presidential election.

November 2, 2012

Andrei Santalo PPS'13 spoke with Sanford Communications Office Assistant Melissa Yeo PPS '13 about his experiences at Duke and as a public policy major. Santalo is President of the Public Policy Majors Union and an ex-officio member of the Sanford Board of Visitors.

November 1, 2012

As the election nears, citizens agree that our highest priority is improving the economy. We must be pro-business and pro-economic growth. And we must look for real economic development, not a quick fix.Toward that end, candidates and voters, we ask that you heed the advice of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which represents more than 3 million businesses: invest in early childhood education for every child.

November 1, 2012

The Sanford School has appointed six faculty to new positions this academic year. Two are new to Duke University, Candice Odgers and Jay A. Pearson and four have new positions with the school, Kip Frey, Pope "Mac" McCorkle, Timothy Profeta and Elizabeth Richardson Vigdor.

October 26, 2012

In this presidential campaign season, “Our biggest national security threat is the status of our children,” Marian Wright Edelman said on Thursday. With 16.4 million poor children, the U.S. child poverty rate is the highest in the developed world. 

October 24, 2012

A Bangladeshi student apparently “inspired by al-Qa’ida,” was arrested last week by the FBI for planning to set off a bomb at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. “It is disturbing, but not surprising, that there continues to be a supply of these radicalized individuals around the world who have a strong desire to kill Americans,” said Duke University Associate Professor of the Practice of Public Policy David Schanzer.

October 23, 2012

The final debate of the 2012 campaign season presented a sharp contrast between one man who seemed comfortable in the role of commander-in-chief and another man who seemed unsure of his political fortunes and desperate to tear down his opponent. Such a contrast often appears when a presidential race features an incumbent and a challenger.

But have we ever seen the contrast so vividly and so paradoxically in reverse?

October 23, 2012

Monday’s foreign policy debate made clear that no single international issue is dominating the campaign. Rather, voters are formulating an overall sense of the respective abilities of President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney as effective statesmen amid the threats and opportunities of the 21st century.