How do we foster national and international security? What are the connections of cybersecurity and foreign policy to security for society?
From fighting cyber attacks, tackling terrorism to building international affairs, Sanford faculty are working to understand and prepare students for national security challenges of the 21st century. Graduates have secured jobs in key executive departments, such as defense, state, and homeland security, as well as in intelligence agencies and consulting firms.
- Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellows Program
- Duke Program on American Grand Strategy
- Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security
- Triangle Institute for Security Studies
- Triangle Privacy Research Hub
Sanford faculty members offer an outstanding combination of academic and practical credentials in the world of foreign policy and national security, including professors of the practice with years of relevant experience in the Pentagon.
Public Policy Studies major
- Master of National Security Policy
- Master of Public Policy (National Security and Foreign Policy Concentration available) - View concentration requirements
- Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellowship program (certificate)
- Sanford in the military
PhD in Public Policy
The mission of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security (TCTHS) is to enhance the understanding of terrorism and the means to combat it through education, research and the development of partnerships between universities, industry and government. Founded in 2005, the TCTHS faculty conduct research, comment on current events and policy debates, and run executive education programs. The center sponsors multiple events each year providing an opportunity for students to interact with leading practitioners and scholars.
In this recent publication, faculty member Bruce Jentleson makes a case that an updated assessment of national security should focus on pandemics and climate change. COVID-19 has a death toll greater than four recent wars combined, while climate change has greater death tolls than terrorism.
Tim Nichols served as an intelligence officer in the Marine Corps for over 21 years with extensive experience in the special operations and counterterrorism fields. His research interests and teaching responsibilities at Sanford include intelligence, interagency coordination, national security, homeland security, and counterterrorism policy.
Sanford offers events throughout the year for the military community, including events around diversity, equity and inclusion issues. Major General Ron Clark spoke about the history and the challenges still faced by the U.S. Army on issue of race, diversity and inclusion during a virtual event hosted by American Grand Strategy and co-sponsored by the Sanford School of Public Policy. Previously Clark was a Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellow at the Sanford School. His research project examined the reasons for the dearth of Black senior officers in the U.S. Army in the Infantry and Armor branches.