”Americans Don’t Think Much of Trump’s America First. That’s Good. But….”, October 16, 2017

In Duck of Minerva and Bridging the Gap: This post comes from Bridging the Gap co-director Bruce W. Jentleson[*], Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University. “Not much” and “less and less” is What Americans Think About America First, as documented in the latest Chicago Council on Global Affairs public opinion report.[†]  That’s somewhat reassuring. But only somewhat. On […]

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“Public Opinion and Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy: Initial Assessment” September 27, 2017

In Sarah Kreps, et.al. “Policy Roundtable 2-1: Public Opinion and the Trump Administration’s Foreign Policy,” International Security Studies Forum — When President Ronald Reagan donned his “I’m a contra too” T-Shirt back in the 1980s and dubbed the Nicaraguan anti-communist guerrillas “the moral equal of our Founding Fathers,” he and his advisors were convinced the […]

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The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from 20th Century Statesmanship

Podcast- Sanford School @ Duke: Leadership with Bruce Jentleson, September 9 2017.   —   Lecture at the Library of congress, May 2016.    —   “Profiles in Leadership: Statesmen Who Made Breakthroughs for Peace and Security” Library of Congress, Insights: Scholarly Work at the John W. Kluge Center May 16, 2016 by Jason Steinhauer As the […]

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“Apart, Atop, Amidst: America in the World” War on the Rocks, January 12, 2017.

For much of its history, the United States kept itself largely apart from the world. While not as isolationist as often depicted, insulated by the oceans and blessed by bountiful land, Americans were able to selectively engage with the outside world when and where they chose. During the Cold War and its immediate aftermath, the […]

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“Dear Mr. Guterres: Please Be a Hammarskjoldian Secretary-General” Pass Blue, October 19, 2016.

  As much as this moment of unity among the United States, Russia and other Security Council members coming together on António Guterres as the next United Nations secretary-general is to be relished, it’s not just the who that matters. It’s the what of the job. Unless the big powers are willing to let Guterres […]

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“Western Democracies’ Witch’s Brew” The Hill, April 6, 2016.

Even with historical perspective tempering today’s woe-is-me-ism, the internal strains that Western democracies currently are going through are profoundly dangerous. While there are some differences between the United States and Western Europe in personalities and other particulars, three swirling societal forces — economic dislocation, cultural anxiety, personal insecurity from terrorism — are mixing together in […]

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