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PhD, Cornell University, 1983
M.Sc., London School of Economics and Political Science, 1975
B.A., Cornell University, 1973
Current projects: US Policy in the New Middle East, 21st Century "Big Ideas", Genocide and Mass Atrocities Prevention
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Bruce Jentleson is Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University, where he served from 2000-2005 as Director of the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. His policy experience includes having served as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Director, 2009-2011.
Jentleson has published numerous books and articles, including American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century, a leading university text now in its 4th edition (W.W. Norton, 2010) and The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas, co-authored with Steven Weber (Harvard University Press, 2010). Other recent work includes “Accepting Limits: How to Adapt to a ‘Copernican’ World,” Democracy: A Journal of Ideas (Winter 2012); “Beware the Duck Test”, Washington Quarterly (Summer 2011) “America’s Global Role after Bush,” Survival (Autumn 2007); “Policy Planning: An Integrative Executive Branch Strategy,” in Avoiding Trivia: The Role of Strategic Planning in American Foreign Policy (Daniel W. Drezner, editor, 2009); and “Who ‘Won’ Libya: The Force-Diplomacy Debate and Its Implications for Theory and Policy” with Christopher A. Whytock, International Security (Winter 2005-06).
Other policy experience includes serving as a foreign policy aide for Senator Dave Durenberger (1978-79) and Senator Al Gore (1987-88); Special Assistant to the Director of the State Department Policy Planning Staff (1993-94); and as a foreign policy advisor to Vice Presidential candidate Gore (1992) and a senior foreign policy advisor to the Gore presidential campaign (1999-2000). He currently is serving as a member of the Responsibility to Protect Working Group co-chaired by Madeleine Albright and Rich Williamson, and as co-Director of Amidst the Revolutions: U.S. Strategy in a Changing Middle East, a project of the Center for a New American Security.
Prior to coming to Duke, Jentleson was Professor at the University of California-Davis and Director of the UC Davis Washington Center. He has held research appointments at the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Brookings Institution, Oxford University, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), and as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in Spain. He has served as a consultant to the Carnegie Commission for Preventing Deadly Conflict, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Assembly, the Atlantic Council, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. He has lectured internationally, including in Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, the Netherlands, Qatar, Spain, South Korea, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. He is often quoted in the press and has appeared on such shows as the Lehrer News Hour, BBC, Al Jazeera, al Hurra, China Radio International, and NPR.
In 2009, Jentleson was the Program Co-Chair for the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. He is a co-founder of the International Policy Summer Institute (IPSI) promoting greater policy relevance among academics. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Close Up Foundation and the Editorial Boards of Political Science Quarterly, and CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online). He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University, and was recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Harold D. Lasswell Award for his doctoral dissertation; a Master's from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and a Bachelor’s degree also from Cornell. He is married to Dr. Barbara C. Jentleson; they have two children, Adam (30) and Katie (27).