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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.

Cynthia Viveros-Cano

Since graduating from the Sanford School of Public Policy, Cynthia Viveros-Cano, MIDP ’04, has taken her expertise to conflict zones in South America and the Middle East, and to United Nations headquarters in New York City. Viveros-Cano is now stationed in Damascus, Syria, as a Humanitarian Affairs Officer for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Viveros-Cano’s role is help ensure aid gets to the people who need it most. 


President Trump’s nationalistic “America First” approach has left many wondering how his foreign policy will affect the United States. At the Sanford School on Feb. 1, Professor Peter Feaver sat down with Paul Miller, former Director of Afghanistan and Pakistan on the National Security Council, to hear his perspective.