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Bruce W. Jentleson

Professor, Duke University

Bruce W. Jentleson is William Preston Few Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at Duke University.

Mr. Jentleson is also a Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars as well as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

In addition, he has served in a number of U.S. foreign policy positions, including as Senior Advisor to the State Department Policy Planning Director (2009-11) and as chair of a Hillary Clinton 2016 foreign policy working group.

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. He received the 2018 American Political Science Association (APSA) International Security Section Joseph J. Kruzel Award for Distinguished Public Service. He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

His most recent book is The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from 20th Century Statesmanship (W.W. Norton, 2018). His current book is Economic Sanctions: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2021).

Recent articles include “Right-Sizing American Foreign Policy: A Progressive Approach,” (Democracy: Journal of Ideas, Fall 2019), “That Post-Liberal International Order: Some Core Characteristics” (Lawfare, September 2018) and “Geopolitical Globalization: Pluralization of Diplomacy and the Limits on Great Powers’ Power” (in progress).

Articles by Bruce W. Jentleson

Lincoln, FDR and Sizing Up Donald Trump

What are the keys to wartime presidential leadership?

April 5, 2020

Learning from Our “Youngers”

If young people ran the world, what issues would they focus on?

May 18, 2013

The Vegas Dilemma and Failed States

Why is the challenge of failing states so crucial for the health of the global community?

May 15, 2009

U.S. Foreign Policy and the Solar System

What do Ptolemy and Copernicus tell us about America's changing global role?

November 8, 2007

Inner Strength: The American Dream De-Mythologized

Is the American Dream increasingly belied by societal realities?

August 8, 2007

Inner Strength: American Democracy — Leading or Lagging?

Who is asking the most pointed questions about the health of American democracy?

August 7, 2007

Inner Strength: U.S. Economic Competitiveness and the Lessons of Tonya Harding

What steps must be taken if the United States wants to redeem its role in global affairs?

August 6, 2007