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National Security Expert Warns of New Era of Terrorism

Tom Donilon

The world is living through a period of extraordinary instability and volatility, “at the front end of a new and dangerous era,” former U.S. national security advisor Tom Donilon said Thursday at a talk at the Sanford School.


Parents’ Top Fears About Teens’ Cellphone Use — Are They Justified?

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Parents’ fears about their teenagers’ heavy use of cell phones and social media may be exaggerated, according to a new report from Duke University researchers. However, there are important exceptions in the areas of cyberbullying and sleep disruption.


Fomer National Security Advisor Tom Donilon to Speak at Sanford

Tom Donilon

Tom Donilon, former national security adviser to President Obama, will speak at Duke University on Thursday, Nov. 19.


Campaign Stop 2016: A Duke University Election Forum

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A new online hub dubbed “Campaign Stop 2016” will gather the Duke community’s conversations and viewpoints on the 2016 election season. The website, a yearlong project of the Duke Office of News and Communications, will both foster and showcase dialogue about politics.


Polling in Crisis Experts Say

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“Polling is in a near crisis,” said Amy Walter, national editor at The Cook Political Report, during a live and online event on Nov. 10. hosted by POLIS at the Sanford School and at Microsoft's D.C. office.


Doris Kearns Goodwin on Presidential History as Storytelling

Doris Keanrs Goodwin

"My love of history came from recording baseball games for my father,” said presidential historian and best-selling author Doris Kearns Goodwin to a full house in the Reynolds Auditorium on Nov.


Is China at Risk for an HIV Epidemic? Using Networks to Model Spread of Disease

Giovanna Merli

Sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis and chlamydia have spread widely in China during the past few decades, prompting concerns among policymakers and researchers that HIV might do the same.


Marshmallows and Voter Turnout

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Voter turnout in the United States is low. In last year’s midterm elections, only 36 percent of eligible voters turned out. Voter turnout is also unequal: educated, wealthier, and older voters are much more likely to vote.


Bootstraps Are for Black Kids

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Black parents demonstrate an outsized commitment to using their limited resources to invest in their children’s education, a new study concludes. And that investment pays off; bringing their children to near parity in terms of educational achievement with their white counterparts.


Duke To Expand Environmental Policy Expertise In China

DKU campus.

Duke Kunshan University (DKU) may soon offer a new professional degree for people interested in international environmental policy.


Promoting Accountability in Health Care Delivery in India

Headshot of Bunyi.

Fighting a typhoid outbreak in a village in Uttar Pradesh, India, might be as simple as disinfecting a pool of standing water with a bucket of bleach. But getting that bleach to the right person in the right village at the right time requires a system of health and government infrastructure that doesn’t really exist yet. Matt Bunyi MPP’16 worked with the government in this northern state in India on making public sector health workers accountable to the community to deliver that bucket.


Introducing POLIS: The Center for Politics, Leadership, Innovation and Service

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Politics.  An essential part of life or a dirty word? It depends on whom you ask.