Bruce Jentleson Congressional Briefing: Historical Perspectives on Sanctions

 February 15, 2024

Sanford professor Bruce Jentleson recently shared his foreign policy expertise and experience with a group that included congressional members and staffers. The American Historical Association hosted the congressional briefing offering historical perspectives on the role and impact of sanctions as an instrument of international relations.

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Jentleson's 2022 Book "Sanctions"

Jentleson, William Preston Few Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science, is a foremost expert on economic sanctions. His 2022 book "Sanctions: What Everyone Needs to Know" is a frequently cited source by policymakers, media outlets, and academic institutions. His extensive career as an advisor, policymaker, and researcher places his perspective in high demand. 

From 2009-11, he was Senior Advisor to the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Director. Other policy positions include senior foreign policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore in his 2000 presidential campaign, in the Clinton administration State Department (1993-94),  as a foreign policy aide to Senators Gore (1987-88) and Dave Durenberger (1978-79).

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. In 2020, he received Duke University’s Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award.

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Bruce Jentleson

He is a Distinguished Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. In 2020, he was the Desmond Ball Visiting Chair at Australia National University, College of Asia and the Pacific. Other research appointments include the Brookings Institution, U.S. Institute of Peace, Oxford University, International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), and as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in Spain. He has served as a consultant to the Carnegie Commission for Preventing Deadly Conflict, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Assembly, the Atlantic Council, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. He has lectured internationally in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, the Netherlands, Qatar, Spain, South Korea, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. He is often quoted in local and global media outlets and has appeared on programs including the PBS News Hour, BBC, Al Jazeera, Fox News, and NPR.

A recording of the congressional briefing can be viewed on the American Historical Association's YouTube page here.