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Bruce Jentleson

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William Preston Few Professor, Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy


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 will be the Desmond Ball Visiting Professor at Australia National University, College of Asia and the Pacific, and Visiting Professor, Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI).

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 “Right-Sizing Foreign Policy: A Progressive Approach,” (Democracy: Journal of Ideas, Fall 2019), “That Post-Liberal International Order: Some Core Characteristics” (Lawfare, September 2018), and “Strategic Recalibration: A Palmerstonian Middle East Strategy” in Order from Ashes: New Foundations for Security in the Middle East, Michael Wahid Hanna and Thanassis Cambanis, eds. (2018).

He has served in a number of US foreign policy positions, most recently as Senior Advisor to the State Department Policy Planning Director (2009-2011)

Background and education

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