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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.

July 31, 2013

Ninety-five percent joblessness for teen black male dropouts? That estimate, from Northeastern University's Andrew Sum, borders on the fantastic as an indictment of the American labor market.

July 30, 2013

When the economy falters and communities lose jobs, teen birth rates fall, at least among black youths,according to a new study from three Sanford School professors.

July 23, 2013

Watching the free-for-all in Washington over immigration reform, it’s easy to conclude that an airtight border has always been our national goal.

After all, the unmistakable message behind the bevy of border-security measures in the immigration bill, which was approved last month by the Senate and now sits in the House, is that a country that can’t prevent foreigners from swarming unchecked across the land border is in serious jeopardy.

July 17, 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.

July 11, 2013

Before Professor Bruce Jentleson found his passion for foreign policy, he had a passion for baseball. He played for his high school team and is still a devoted amateur league softball player. Since coming to Sanford in 2000, he has played on two local teams, one in Durham and one in Chapel Hill. He even made contact with a team in Boston that plays friendship games abroad, but the schedules never seemed to work out.