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Not your parents’ foreign aid: The shift from power to proximity and poverty

When President Donald Trump released his proposed budget earlier this year, policymakers on the left and right criticized his cuts to foreign aid and declared them a non-starter. Foreign aid, many lawmakers said, is a form of soft power, helping the United States achieve its interests in the world without resorting to more forceful tactics. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also responded to the proposed cuts, noting that aid saves the lives of children, decreases poverty, and is crucial to fighting disease. 


Sanford faculty books published in 2017

Sanford faculty have been busy writing! This year has been marked by an unusually high number of book releases by members of the Sanford School’s faculty.


#HumansofDukeSanford Wayne Wu MPP'18

MPP student Wayne Wu

"'Live an upright life, and serve with all your heart.' On the day of my high school graduation, my father wrote this sentence in traditional Chinese calligraphy and gave it to me as a gift. These words have since become a standard that I try to live up to. As the son of a senior Chinese government official living in Beijing, I had a privileged and sheltered childhood compared to most of my peers. My father, however, grew up in rural China during a much harder time. [...] I did not have to go through anything like that. I had access to everything I needed, simply because I was born into an affluent family. However, my father made sure I understood that my privilege comes with a responsibility to help those less fortunate. I am privileged because I can choose what I want to do with my life. Many people never had the luxury of choice. I chose public policy so I can pursue a career that might help giving people the chance they deserve."


Obama Security Advisor Discusses Foreign, Domestic Threats

Lisa Monaco speaks at the Sanford School, DUKE UNIVERSITY

Lisa Monaco, former assistant to the President Obama for homeland security and counterterrorism, praised the Trump administration for making progress on North Korea and the fight against ISIS during a talk Wednesday at the Sanford School of Public Policy. In recent days, the United Nations Security Council took action against North Korea, adding sanctions in an attempt to induce it to negotiate. Monaco credited the unanimous vote to U.S. leadership. North Korea and its nuclear aspirations had posed a big foreign policy and security challenge during her time in the White House, she said.


New Faculty Appointments at Sanford for 2017

The Sanford School has appointed five new scholars to the core faculty this academic year. Three are new to Duke University -- Duke University President Vincent Price, Robyn Meeks and Simon Miles, while two have new positions with the school: Linda Burton and Beth Gifford.


Policy 360 Ep. 49 Leadership

Does history make statesmen or do statesmen make history? A conversation with Bruce Jentleson about his forthcoming book The Peacemakers: Lessons Learned from 20th Century Statesmanship.


Bull City 150 Exhibit Opening on Durham History, Housing and Inequality

 A new exhibit will examine the deep historical roots of gentrification, the racial wealth gap and housing discrimination in Durham.


Obama’s Chief Counterterrorism Adviser to Speak at Sanford

Lisa Monaco

Lisa Monaco, chief counterterrorism and homeland security adviser to President Obama during his second term, will speak at Duke Wednesday, Sept. 13, as part of an annual series of events around the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  As the assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, Monaco was responsible for policy coordination and crisis management on issues ranging from terrorist attacks at home and abroad to natural disasters and cybersecurity. The Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture, “Counterterrorism in the Trump Era,” will take place at 6 p.m. in the Sanford School of Public Policy’s Fleishman Commons.


#HumansofDukeSanford Martine Aurelien (MPP '18)

MPP Student Martine Aurelien

"I have been in Eastern North Carolina for three years where I taught. I’m focusing my work on social policy including but not limited to education and poverty. As an educator in Eastern North Carolina I very quickly realized that my ability to impact a lot of the things that were happening in the community that I was working in were very limited as a teacher. I felt like a lot of the policies I was forced to execute, I had little power to leverage to change that even thought I saw the impacts they were having on children, on the school, and in communities. I felt getting a Master’s in Public Policy would allow me the opportunity to really get a seat at the table of those policies that were impacting those communities."


Search Committee selected for new Sanford School Dean

Sanford Building with flowers

Public Policy Professor Billy Pizer will chair a committee to search for the new dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy to replace Kelly Brownell, President Vincent E. Price and Provost Sally Kornbluth announced this week. Brownell, who has served as dean since 2013, will leave office June 30, 2018. He will remain on the Duke faculty and serve as director of the new World Food Policy Center, which will operate out of the Sanford School.


Howard E. Covington Jr.: Let's remember Terry Sanford

Terry Sanford and wife celebrating

We’re in the centennial year of the birth of Terry Sanford. Born Aug. 20, 1917, he fully expected to be around to share this time with us. After all, his mother, Betsy, was a centenarian and still driving to church. Terry saw no reason that her genes wouldn’t carry him the distance as well. That was not to be. We lost Sanford in 1998. The chapel at Duke University was filled beyond capacity that spring day when North Carolinians from all walks came to remember and help bury the man whose terms as governor and U.S. senator bracketed a 15-year presidency of Duke University. It was quite a run for an Eagle Scout and combat veteran from Laurinburg who believed to his core that public service was an honorable way of life.


Terry Sanford’s astonishing life and legacy with us still

Terry Sanford

Terry Sanford has been gone almost 20 years now, dying at the age of 80 in 1998. He would have turned 100 last Sunday. And yet he’s with us still. With us in two, maybe three, generations of North Carolina leaders who either learned their politics and honed their progressive beliefs at his knee, or from people who learned from the people who learned from “Terry.” Yes, it was always “Terry” to those around him, “Terry” as if he were still the barefoot kid from Laurinburg who swam in the cold, dark waters of the Lumber River.