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Bootstraps and Silver Spoons (Ways & Means Podcast)

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Most of us prize stories of people who start with nothing in life, and then become rich. Americans even have a saying for it: pulling yourself up by your bootstraps.  However, new economic research is revealing how wealth is actually built in there US and how difficult it is for some people to gain wealth, even when they do everything right.


Program Matches Sanford Grad Students with Alumni Mentors

Matt Arsenault was working as an energy policy analyst for the state of Florida, and wanted to shift into the environmental policy field. In order to make that career pivot, he decided to pursue a master’s degree in public policy at Duke’s Sanford School. He expected to grow intellectually, acquire new practical skills, and expand his professional networks. But gain a mentor? That wasn’t really on his radar.


Trump Presidency Will Accelerate Decline of ‘Liberal International Order’, Expert Says

President Trump’s nationalistic “America First” approach has left many wondering how his foreign policy will affect the United States. At the Sanford School on Feb. 1, Professor Peter Feaver sat down with Paul Miller, former Director of Afghanistan and Pakistan on the National Security Council, to hear his perspective.


One Way To Fight Terrorism (Policy 360 Podcast)


Last week, President Donald Trump signed a controversial executive action related to immigration. The action implements a number of changes to our current policies: refugees won't be admitted to the United States for 120 days, for example.


Alum leverages policy degree to help get medical products to patients in need

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Amid a changing health policy landscape, Charles Mathews MPP’04, sees his Sanford degree as a critical tool. Mathews, a vice president at Boston Healthcare Associates (BHA), has a niche role in the industry: helping companies figure out how to show the value of new technologies to payers (insurance companies) so they will pay for them.  In particular he focuses on new medical laboratory tests. 


Dean issues letter on immigration ban

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, we want to reaffirm that diversity and inclusion are central to the values of the Duke Center for International Development, the Sanford School of Public Policy, and Duke University


Report shows 40 percent drop in Muslim-American terrorism cases in 2016

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A new report published by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security documents a 40 percent drop in the number of Muslim-Americans associated with violent extremism in 2016, as compared with the previous year. Authored by Charles Kurzman, a sociology professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the report noted that the drop was overshadowed by the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, in June 2016


Wicked Problems (Policy 360 Podcast)

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Colin Kahl, former National Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden and Deputy Assistant to President Obama, spoke at the Sanford School Wednesday about his experience working in foreign policy and his expectations of the Trump administration.


Agricultural fires in Brazil harm infant health, a warning for the developing world

Pollution from the controlled fires that burn across Brazil's São Paulo state during the sugarcane-harvesting season has a negative impact on infant health nearby. But the health of those same infants likely benefits from the economic opportunities the fires bring to their parents. Researchers at Duke and Princeton universities gathered information from satellites, pollution monitors and birth records to untangle those competing influences and accurately measure the impact of pollution from the fires.


State Department Resignations Sign of 'Enormous Damage By Trump'


“Never before has there been a mass resignation of foreign policy professionals within the first week of a presidency,” says Bruce Jentleson, a professor of public policy and political science at Duke University and a former senior adviser to the U.S. State Department policy planning director. "These are Foreign Service officers who have worked for one president after another, Republican and Democratic, committed to their oaths to serve the country they love. That so many of them believe the best way to serve their country is not to be involved in the foreign policy of the Trump administration sends a message we ignore at our own peril.”


The Surprising Cost of Growing Up Poor (Policy 360 Podcast)

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Do children from low-income backgrounds benefit from living in economically mixed communities? Professor Candice Odgers says that growing up in the shadow of wealth may have a surprising effect on a child's development.


Planning for a Food Policy Center at Duke University

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At Duke University, the Sanford School of Public Policy has just completed two years of fact-finding and planning for a World Food Policy Center focused on new opportunities for learning and collaboration. Kelly Brownell, dean of the Sanford School and a nationally recognized food policy expert, explains more in the following interview.