Bruce W. Jentleson

Bruce W. Jentleson


Bruce Jentleson is professor of public policy and political science at Duke University, where he served from 2000–2005 as director of the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. He has published numerous books and articles, including most recently American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century, a leading university text (W.W. Norton, 5th edition 2013); The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas, co-authored with Steven Weber (Harvard University Press, 2010); Strategic Adaptation: Toward a New U.S. Strategy in the Middle East (co-author, Center for a New American Security, 2012); and "Accepting Limits: How to Adapt to a 'Copernican' World," Democracy: A Journal of Ideas (Winter 2012).

His policy experience includes having served as a senior advisor to the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Director (2009–2011), on the Obama 2012 campaign National Security Advisory Steering Committee, as a senior foreign policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore and his presidential campaign, in the Clinton administration State Department (1993–94), and as a foreign policy aide to Senators Gore (1987–88) and Dave Durenberger (1978–79). 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 is a co-founder of the International Policy Summer Institute (IPSI) promoting greater policy relevance among academics. He currently serves on the boards of directors of the Close Up Foundation and the National Security Network, and the editorial boards of Political Science Quarterly, Global Responsibility to Protect, and CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online). He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University, a master's from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and a bachelor's degree also from Cornell.

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Last Updated: Feb 11, 2013

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