On Thursday, President Obama will speak before the U.N. Security Council in New York, calling on global leaders to support the U.S. campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL). As the president declared earlier this month, he plans to “degrade, and ultimately destroy” the terrorist group. The American strategy—airstrikes, counterterrorism intelligence, and humanitarian relief—will increase our engagement in Iraq and move airstrikes into Syria for the first time. As the president pitches his plan to the leaders of the world, what do Duke students and faculty have to say?
Video courtesy of the White House
Ms. Townsend during a counterterrorism debate at Sanford with former Amb. Benjamin. Ms. Townsend also held a small roundtable on Women in National Security. Image © Philip Catterall, Duke Chronicle
There is a noticeable lack of concern about the underrepresentation of women in the National Security field. Contrast this with the amount of press coverage in the past two years about the lack of women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (also known as STEM): following a Yale study, the New York Times covered the latter topic repeatedly (here and here), while the White House set up a website to encourage women to pursue STEM. While there have been recent advances in the U.S. government, with three female Secretaries of State paving the way, there is still a dramatic shortage of women serving in National Security and of public awareness on the issue. Continue reading
Between the first and second years at Sanford students go off on their own to practice growing up. It’s called a summer internship. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. There’s more to it than the Admissions Blog though. Take a journey with me. Take a journey with us…
…all the way back to the summer of 2014. Most of us were in Washington D.C.
The epicenter of U.S. public policy drew in Suraj, who worked for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. It got Caitlin (not Kaitlan), who was at State (with a bunch of other Sanford students). Continue reading
Nearly a century after the Nineteenth Amendment guaranteed their right to vote, women hold less than 20% of the 535 seats in the U.S. Congress. In the private sector, only 14.6% of executive officers, 8.1% of top earners, and 4.6% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women. Continue reading
Sanford’s Professor William A. “Sandy” Darity, Jr. was part of a fascinating discussion on Minnesota Public Radio’s “The Daily Circuit” last week.
The jumping off point is a recent reflection by President Obama in recent town hall remarks:
“Sometimes African Americans, in communities where I’ve worked, there’s been the notion of ‘acting white’ … where, OK, if folks are reading too much, then, well, why are you doing that? Or why are you speaking so properly? And the notion that there’s some authentic way of being black … that has to go.” Continue reading