Faculty Research

Peter D. Feaver, Ph.D., Harvard University (1990)

Specialties: International Relations, Security, Peace, Conflict

Peter D. Feaver is a Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University. He is Director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS) and also Director of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy (AGS). Feaver is author of Armed Servants: Agency, Oversight, and Civil-Military Relations (Harvard Press, 2003) and of Guarding the Guardians: Civilian Control of Nuclear Weapons in the United States (Cornell University Press, 1992). He is co-author of Paying the Human Costs of War (Princeton University Press, 2009), co-author of Getting the Most Out of College (Ten Speed Press, 2008), and co-author of Choosing Your Battles: American Civil-Military Relations and the Use of Force (Princeton University Press, 2004). He is co-editor of Soldiers and Civilians: The Civil-Military Gap and American National Security (MIT Press, 2001). He has published numerous other monographs, scholarly articles, book chapters, and policy pieces on American foreign policy, public opinion, nuclear proliferation, civil-military relations, information warfare, and U.S. national security. He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and blogs at shadow.foreignpolicy.com.



Simon Miles, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin (2017)

Specialties: Diplomatic history, Cold War, U.S. Foreign Policy, Soviet Union and Russia, Security and International Relations

Simon Miles joined the faculty of the Sanford School of Public Policy as an Assistant Professor in 2017. He is a diplomatic historian whose research agenda explores the causes and mechanics of cooperation between states. His current book project explores the root causes of cooperation between two adversarial states, the United States and the Soviet Union, in order to situate the peaceful conclusion of the Cold War in a broader, international context. Engaging the 'Evil Empire': East-West Relations in the Second Cold War uses recently declassified archival materials from both sides of the Iron Curtain to show how shifts in the perceived distribution of power catalyzed changes in the strategies which US leaders used to engage the Soviet Union and vice versa.

Simon's second book, On Guard for Peace and Socialism: The Warsaw Pact, 1955–1991, will examine the ways in which the members of the Warsaw Pact conceived of and provided for their own security in the nuclear age. Taking an international archival approach, the book rejects the trope of Moscow as puppet-master and treats the Warsaw Pact as a multilateral military and political organization designed to provide collective security.



Bruce Jentleson, Ph.D., Cornell University (1983)

Specialties: International Relations, Diplomacy, US Foreign Policy, Middle East Geopolitics, Global Governance, Globalization, US Grand Strategy, Human Rights, Humanitarian Assistance, International Organizations, International Security, US Politics

Bruce Jentleson is a Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University, where he previously served as Director of the Terry Sanford Institute (now Sanford School) of Public Policy.  In spring 2019, Dr. Jentleson was named the William Preston Few Professor of Public Policy for his record of scholarship and knowledge in the service of society. His current book, The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from 20th Century Statesmen is forthcoming in April 2018. Prior books include American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century (5th edition, W.W. Norton, 2013); The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas, co-authored with Steven Weber (Harvard University Press, 2010); and With Friends Like These: Reagan, Bush and Saddam, 1982-1990 (W.W. Norton, 1994). He also has published articles in numerous academic and policy journals and for leading online sites such as ForeignPolicy.com, CFR.com (Council on Foreign Relations), Huffington PostTheHill.com, and Washington Post Monkey Cage.


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Tana Johnson, Ph.D., University of Chicago (2010)

Specialties: Climate change law and legislation, Energy Policy, Environmental policy, International cooperation, International Relations, Globalization, International Organizations, Non-state actors, United Nations, Global Governance, US Foreign Policy

Tana Johnson is a political scientist working in the field of international relations and international/global policy. Her research examines the operations and design of international institutions and international organizations, especially inter-governmental organizations in the United Nations (UN) system. Key themes in her work include the difficulty of delegation and agency relationships, the limitations of nation-states, and the importance of institutional design. Her research has been published in top outlets such as International Organization,Journal of Politics, Review of International Political Economy, and Review of International Organizations. 

Johnson's book Organizational Progeny: Why Governments are Losing Control over the Proliferating Structures of Global Governance (Oxford University Press, 2014, 2017) shows that in a variety of policy areas, global governance structures are getting harder for national governments to control. Organizational Progeny won the International Studies Association's 2015 prize for the best book on international organization and multilateralism.



Kyle Beardsley, Ph.D., University of California at SD (2006)

Specialties: International Relations, Security, Peace, Conflict 

Kyle Beardsley is Associate Professor of Political Science. He is co-director of the International Crisis Behavior data project. His research interests include the political consequences and causes of third-party involvement in peace processes, the nature of intrastate rebellion, the implications of gender power imbalances within and through post-conflict security forces, and the effects of nuclear-weapons proliferation on crisis behavior. His first book, The Mediation Dilemma, explores how third-party conflict management frequently does well in securing short-term peace but also can contribute to greater instability in the long run, especially when the third parties rely on leverage. His second book (co-authored with Sabrina Karim), Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping, examines the consequences of and potential solutions to gender power imbalances in peace operations.



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Patrick Duddy

Read Professor Duddy's article about Venezuela's current challenges here.

Professor Duddy is the director of Duke University’s center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He was one of the Department of State’s most senior Latin American specialists with exceptionally broad experience in trade, energy, public affairs and crisis management. From 2007 to 2010 he served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for both President Bush and President Obama. Prior to this, Ambassador Duddy served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (DAS) for the Western Hemisphere, responsible for the Office of Economic Policy and Summit Coordination, which included the hemispheric energy portfolio, as well for the Offices of Brazil/ Southern Cone Affairs and of Caribbean Affairs. During his tenure as DAS, he played a lead role in coordinating U.S. support for the restoration of democracy in Haiti.