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Bruce W. Jentleson, William Preston Few Professor of Public Policy and Duke Middle East Studies Center and Professor of Political Science and Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Bruce W. Jentleson

Bruce Jentleson's current book, The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from 20th Century Statesmen is forthcoming in April 2018. He is a Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University, where he previously served as Director of the Terry Sanford Institute (now Sanford School) of Public Policy. He is a leading scholar of American foreign policy and has served in a number of U.S. policy and political positions. In 2015-16 he was the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress.

Jentleson’s current book is The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from 20th Century Statesmen (Forthcoming April 2018, W.W. Norton). Prior books include American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century (5th edition, W.W. Norton, 2013); The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas, co-authored with Steven Weber (Harvard University Press, 2010); and With Friends Like These: Reagan, Bush and Saddam, 1982-1990 (W.W. Norton, 1994). He also has published articles in numerous academic and policy journals and for leading online sites such as ForeignPolicy.com, CFR.com (Council on Foreign Relations), Huffington Post, TheHill.com, and Washington Post Monkey Cage.

From 2009-11 he was senior advisor to the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Director. In 2012 he served on the Obama 2012 campaign National Security Advisory Steering Committee.

He also served as a senior foreign policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore in his 2000 presidential campaign, in the Clinton administration State Department (1993-94), and as a foreign policy aide to Senators Gore (1987-88) and Dave Durenberger (1978-79). He also has served on a number of policy commissions, most recently the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) Working Group co-chaired by Madeleine Albright (2011-13).

From January-June 2014 he was a Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and now is a Global Fellow. Other research appointments include the Brookings Institution, U.S. Institute of Peace, Oxford University, International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), Australia National University, 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 Australia, 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 Hurra, China Radio International, and NPR.

Jentleson is a co-founder of the Bridging the Gap project promoting greater policy relevance among academics. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Close Up Foundation and the National Security Network, Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, 2017-2017 (Vice-Chair, Executive Committee 2016-17) and the Editorial Boards of Political Science Quarterly, Washington Quarterly, Global Responsibility to Protect, and CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online). In 2009, he was the program co-chair for the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.

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, including study at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  122 Rubenstein Hall, Box 90312, Durham, NC 27708-0312
Office Phone:  (919) 613-9208
Email Address: send me a message
Web Pages:  https://sites.duke.edu/bruce7jentleson/

Teaching (Fall 2019):

    Sanford 07, Tu 01:25 PM-03:55 PM
    (also cross-listed as ICS 506.01, POLSCI 547.01)
    Sanford 03, M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Ph.D.Cornell University1983
M.S.London School of Economics (UK)1975
B.A.Cornell University1973

International Relations
Political Science/Government
Security, Peace, & Conflict
Political Institutions

International relations

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Danielle Lupton  
  • Seth Cantey  
  • Christopher Whytock  
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. B.W. Jentleson, American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century, New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 5th edition forthcoming (2013)
  2. B.W. Jentleson and Steven Weber, The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas (2010), Harvard University Press
  3. Jentleson, BW, Global Governance in a Copernican World, Global Governance, vol. 17 (March, 2012)
  4. Jentleson, BW, Tough love multilateralism, The Washington Quarterly, vol. 27 no. 1 (Winter, 2003), pp. 7-24, Informa UK Limited, ISSN 0163-660X [doi]
  5. Jentleson, BW, Accepting Limits: How to Adapt to a Copernican World, Democracy: a Journal of Ideas (Winter, 2012)
  6. Jentleson, BW, Beware the Duck Test, The Washington Quarterly, vol. 34 no. 3 (Summer, 2011), pp. 137-149, Informa UK Limited, ISSN 0163-660X [doi]
  7. Jentleson, BW, The Obama Administration and R2P: Progress, Problems and Prospects, Global Responsibility to Protect, vol. Winter 2012-13 (2012)
  8. B.W. Jentleson, The Bi-Sectoralists (2011-) (Monthly column in Huffington Post, co-authored with Jay Pelosky..)

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