News & Commentary - Archive 2012

October 23, 2012

Two experts who lead responses to water supply and sanitation problems in Africa will speak at Duke University on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Duke alumnus Bai-Mass Taal, the executive secretary of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), and Spera Atuhairwe, head of program effectiveness at WaterAid, Uganda, will speak at 5:30 p.m. in room 05 of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

October 22, 2012



The talk, in the Sanford School of Public Policy’s Fleishman Commons, is free and open to the public.
Huntsman will discuss with public policy professor Philip Bennett the domestic policy challenges facing the next administration.


October 18, 2012

Millions of U.S. citizens are too poor to buy health insurance but not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid.  And this “not poor enough” problem varies, state by state, depending on the generosity of local governments.  In some states, a person’s income can sit below the poverty level, and that person still won’t qualify for Medicaid.

October 16, 2012

In the 1960s, when my family drove by all those textile mills on Interstate 85 on our way to visit grandparents in Georgia, I couldn’t imagine that our rivers wouldn’t always run brown. I couldn’t picture paddling my canoe on the Neuse River below Raleigh’s wastewater discharge.

But a visionary law and effective partnerships between federal, state and local governments have achieved more than I would have thought possible when I was a boy.

October 13, 2012

Elections are supposed to give us choices. We can reward incumbents or we can throw the bums out. We can choose Republicans or Democrats. We can choose conservative policies or progressive ones.

October 12, 2012

Marian Wright Edelman, president and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, will discuss the effects of poverty on children and possible policy solutions at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy on Thursday, Oct. 25.

The event in Fleishman Commons is free and open to the public.

Edelman will deliver the 2012 Crown Lecture in Ethics, “Getting Everyone on Board: Our Obligation to Children in Poverty,” beginning at 5:30 p.m. Currently, more than 16.1 children live in poverty in the United States.

October 11, 2012

Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and the PBS documentary program FRONTLINE are continuing their innovative collaboration with a new project that brings to light fresh perspectives on this year’s presidential candidates.

In conjunction with “The Choice 2012,” a FRONTLINE documentary that aired Tuesday, Oct. 9, the project archives eight hours of interviews from the documentary online, providing digital access to extensive conversations with figures who have influenced the lives and policy decisions of President Barack Obama and Republican hopeful Mitt Romney.

October 1, 2012

Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont and former chair of the Democratic National Committee, will square off in a foreign policy debate with veteran Republican adviser Karl Rove at Duke University’s Page Auditorium Oct. 22.

Dean replaces Robert Gibbs, a senior adviser of Obama’s since his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign, who is unable to attend.

The debate, presented by the Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lectureship, will address “What’s at Stake for America’s Global Role in the 2012 Election” and will be moderated by Duke professor Peter Feaver.

September 28, 2012

“The Pentagon changed fundamentally when we became a nation at war,” said former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy Thursday night during a discussion at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

A visiting fellow of the Von Der Heyden Fellows Program, Flournoy spoke with Peter Feaver, professor of public policy and political science, about her work at the Department of Defense, the future of U.S. foreign policy and the ongoing presidential campaign.

September 28, 2012

Carolina was the only college to which I applied while a student at Goldsboro High – UNC-Chapel Hill was my dream school.

When I arrived, I was interested mostly in not living with my parents, enjoying newfound freedoms and pretty girls. Four years later, I was passionate about health policy and on my way to graduate school (also at UNC) and a career as a professor.