Bruce W. Jentleson222

Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, Duke University

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Bruce Jentleson is Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University, where he served from 2000-2005 as Director, Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. His policy experience includes having served as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Director, 2009-2011.

Jentleson has published numerous books and articles, including American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century, a leading university text (W.W. Norton, fourth edition, 2010) and The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas, co-authored with Steve Weber (Harvard University Press, forthcoming 2010). Other recent work includes “America’s Hard Sell” with Steven Weber, Foreign Policy (Nov/Dec 2008 cover story); “America’s Global Role after Bush,” Survival (Autumn 2007); “Who ‘Won’ Libya: The Force-Diplomacy Debate and Its Implications for Theory and Policy” with Christopher A. Whytock, International Security (Winter 2005-06); and “Policy Planning: An Integrative Executive Branch Strategy,” in Avoiding Trivia: The Role of Strategic Planning in American Foreign Policy (Daniel W. Drezner, editor, 2009).

During the 2008 presidential campaign, he was a member of the Phoenix Initiative and a co-author of Strategic Leadership: Framework for a 21st Century National Security Strategy. He was also on the Preventive Diplomacy Expert Advisory Group to the National Commission on Genocide Prevention and the Presidential Task Force on Preventing Regional Instability from Iran’s Nuclear Progress of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. In 1999-2000, he served as a senior foreign policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore and his presidential campaign. In 1993-94, he was on the State Department Policy Planning Staff as Special Assistant to the Director, with a broad range of policy responsibilities, including serving on the U.S. delegation to the Middle East Multilateral Arms Control and Regional Security Talks. He also served as a foreign affairs aide for Senator Dave Durenberger (1978-79) and Senator Al Gore (1987-88).

Prior to coming to Duke, Jentleson was Professor at the University of California-Davis and Director of the UC Davis Washington Center. He has held research appointments at the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Brookings Institution, Oxford University, the 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 Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, the Netherlands, Spain, South Korea and Switzerland. He is often quoted in the press and has appeared on such shows as ABC Nightline, the Lehrer News Hour, and BBC.

In 2009, Jentleson was the Program Co-Chair for the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Close Up Foundation and the Editorial Boards of International Studies Quarterly, Political Science Quarterly, and CIAO.

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; a Master’s from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and a Bachelor’s degree also from Cornell. He is married to Dr. Barbara C. Jentleson; they have two children, Adam (28) and Katie (25).