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North Africa and the Middle East

The Sanford School of Public Policy recognizes the importance of North Africa and the Middle East in global international relations. As such, our faculty includes scholars with professional experience in U.S. foreign relations policy focused on the Middle East.

Professor Bruce Jentleson is a leading scholar of American foreign policy and has served in a number of U.S. policy and political positions, including a stint in the U.S. State Department. His book American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century (5th edition, W.W. Norton, 2013) includes a chapter on the Middle East, and is a standard textbook in foreign relations classes.

Peter Feaver is Director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy (AGS). Feaver has served on the National Security Council Staff at the White House. Feaver blogs at ForeignPolicy.com where he frequently discusses the Middle East, Egypt, and North Africa in his writing on national security.  

The Sanford School also has a leadership position in the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. David Schanzer is director of the center, a research consortium between Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and RTI International.


Emerging leaders from Central and Southern Asian countries, all of them women, visited the Sanford School last week to learn about research on counter-terrorism and community policing to stop violent extremism. The 10 women leaders from seven countries included governmental, law enforcement, and nonprofit leaders from Afghanistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal and Pakistan.

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Mathama and Amina Bility are sisters, both pursuing degrees in public policy and global health. They have produced a documentary on Ebola, shot on location in Lberia, that will premiere at the American Public Health Association Conference in Denver Oct. 29-Nov. 2.