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Bruce W. Jentleson
William Preston Few Distinguished Professor of Public Policy
Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Professor of Political Science
Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

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Ph.D., Cornell University (1983)
M.S., London School of Economics (United Kingdom) (1975)
B.A., Cornell University (1973)


“Bruce W. Jentleson combines scholarly breadth and depth with practical insight and inspired storytelling. The Peacemakers is a book badly needed for our time, reminding us all that the choices made by individual leaders can transform our world.” — Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO, New America / U.S. State Department



The fight against COVID-19 has intensified and President Trump said he considers himself a wartime president. How does Trump compare to wartime leaders of the past?




Does history make statesmen or do statesmen make history? A conversation with Bruce Jentleson:

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Bruce Jentleson discusses whether liberal international order is over:


Bruce W. Jentleson is William Preston Few Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at Duke University, where he previously served as Director of the Terry Sanford Institute (now Sanford School) of Public Policy. 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 was the Desmond Ball Visiting Professor at Australia National University, College of Asia and the Pacific.

Jentleson’s most recent book is The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from 20th Century Statesmanship (April 2018, W.W. Norton). His current book is Economic Sanctions: What Everyone Needs to Know  (Oxford University Press, 2021). Recent articles include “Refocusing U.S. Grand Strategy on Pandemic and Environmental Mass Destruction,” The Washington Quarterly  (Fall 2020) and a 2020-21 series co-authored with James Goldgeier in Foreign Affairs: “The United States Needs a Democracy Summit At Home,” “A Democracy Summit Is Not What the Doctor Ordered,” and “The United States Is Not Entitled to Lead the World.”

From 2009-11 he was Senior Advisor to the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Director. He also served as a 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), and in a number of other policy positions.

From January-June 2014 he was a Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and now is a Global Fellow. He also is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs. In 2020 he was the Des 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 including 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 the press and has appeared on such shows as the PBS News Hour, BBC, Al Jazeera, al Hurra, China Radio International, and NPR.

In 2009 he was Program Co-Chair for the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. He  was the longtime Co-Director and now Senior Advisor for the Bridging the Gap project promoting greater policy relevance among academics. He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Political Science QuarterlyWashington Quarterly, Global R2P, and CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online). He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University, and was recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Harold D. Lasswell Award for his doctoral dissertation.