News & Commentary - Archive 2013

September 18, 2013

North Carolina’s recent controversial voting law, the effectiveness of the Moral Monday protests and the future of the state’s education funding were among the prominent issues discussed by House Representatives Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland), Grier Martin (D-Wake) and Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson) at the Sanford School of Public Policy on Tuesday.

All three legislators agreed that Moral Mondays have not resulted in policy change, and have sometimes exacerbated conflicts.

September 13, 2013

“We did something a bit unusual in Washington; we tried to change,” said Dr. Rajiv Shah, administrator of USAID, during his talk Thursday at the Sanford School of Public Policy. Since his arrival at USAID in 2009, Shah has overseen numerous structural changes within the department while at the same time witnessing global shifts in indicators of social and physical well-being.

September 12, 2013

Former CIA Director Ret. Gen. David Petraeus expressed skepticism about the feasibility of Russia's proposal to have Syria turn over its chemical weapons to an international coalition, but added that in a complicated and dangerous situation, "The Russian gambit is worth a try."

Petraeus, the former commander of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, discussed the Syrian war as well as democracy in the Middle East and the balancing of security and civil liberties during a talk at Duke Wednesday, the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

September 5, 2013

As we should, our nation will pause for the twelfth time next week to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks and reflect on the heroism and dedication of those who have sacrificed their lives to save the innocent and fight the battles resulting from these attacks.

August 30, 2013

The American Political Science Association (APSA) has awarded Sanford School of Public Policy Assistant Professor Nick Carnes the 2013 Harold D. Lasswell Dissertation Award, the Carl Albert Dissertation Award, and the Sage Award for Best Paper in Comparative Politics.

All three awards were presented to Carnes at the APSA annual conference in Chicago Aug. 29-Sept. 1 in ceremonies held by the respective conference sections. 

August 29, 2013

Ryan Thornburg, associate professor at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will share his expertise with Duke for the 2013-14 academic year, as a mentor to the students of Duke’s independent student news organization, The Chronicle.  Thornburg will help guide The Chronicle’s transition to a digital-first news product. 

“Working with students who see real opportunity in the future of journalism and media generally is one of the greatest privileges of being a professor at UNC and now a visiting lecturer at Duke,” Thornburg said.

August 27, 2013

USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah will discuss “The Development Innovation Economy” at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy on Thursday, Sept. 12.

The 5:30 p.m. event in the Sanford School of Public Policy's Fleishman Commons on West Campus is free and open to the public. It will include an audience Q & A, followed by a reception. Parking is available in the Science Drive Visitor Lot.

August 22, 2013

Gen. David H. Petraeus (U.S. Army-Ret.), the former CIA director and commander of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, will speak in Duke University’s Page Auditorium on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Petraeus will deliver the Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture at 6 p.m.

August 19, 2013

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel repeatedly phoned Egyptian General Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi urging a peaceful transition — Sisi refused. President Barack Obama has repeatedly called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to leave – he’s still there. We’ve said we want the Bahraini monarchy to reform – it hasn’t. Countless American officials have pushed Afghan President Hamid Karzai to get his act together – he hasn’t.

What’s going on? Is the problem one of inherent limits to American power in today’s world? Or the Obama administration misplaying the power it has?

August 6, 2013

The front page of today’s Washington Post print edition was dominated by coverage of the paper’s sale to Jeff Bezos. But a small story squeezed onto the bottom of the page, about the world’s first lab-grown hamburger, also gave some insight into what’s ahead for the legendary paper — and perhaps the rest of the news business.