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October 17, 2013

Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute of Ethics
Growing up, Judith Kelley didn’t come from a privileged background. “In Denmark, that’s all relative,” she says, “because we have a very good social network and so nobody goes hungry or anything like this. We don’t have a lot of inequality, but my family never had a car and my parents didn’t go to high school.”

*Kelley will be moderating a workshop on human trafficking in Spring 2014 as part of the Conversations in Human Rights series.

October 10, 2013

Last week, a small group of extravagantly wealthy Americans shut down our federal government. They weren't lobbyists. They weren't big campaign donors. The millionaires who shuttered our civil institutions didn't have to buy influence from our politicians. The millionaires who shut down Washington are our politicians.

October 7, 2013

Duke Magazine
New Sanford dean takes stock of nutrition, obesity, and health policy

October 1, 2013

Could you raise $650,000 by next summer?

If your answer is “probably not,” you probably won’t be running for the House of Representatives in 2014. Last year, House candidates had to raise an average of $650,000 to finance their campaigns.

They aren’t alone. In the Senate, the average was almost $3 million. The 16 major candidates for the presidency raised an average of $85 million.

September 26, 2013

When Bill Adair launched the PolitiFact website at The Tampa Bay Times in 2007, he wanted to provide a different kind of campaign coverage through fact-checking.  With its Truth-O-Meter rating scale, ranging  from “True” to “Pants on Fire” for the  most ridiculous falsehoods, the site became the go-to source for evaluating political promises and claims. The site was such a success that it won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009.   

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.