Bruce W. Jentleson

Duke University; Former Carnegie Council Trustee


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 is the 2015–16 Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the John W. Kluge Center. Library of Congress, researching his new book, Transformational Statesmanship: Difficult, Possible, Necessary (under contract, W.W. Norton), as well as a Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Prior books include American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century, a leading university text (W.W. Norton, 5th edition 2013) and The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas, co-authored with Steven Weber (Harvard University Press, 2010).

His policy experience includes senior advisor to the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Director (2009–2011), a senior foreign policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore and his presidential campaign, in the Clinton administration State Department (1993–94), and a foreign policy aide to Senators Gore (1987–88) and Dave Durenberger (1978–79). He has held research appointments at the Wilson Center, U.S. Institute of Peace, the Brookings Institution, Oxford University, International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), and as a Fulbright senior research scholar in Spain.

Jentleson is a co-founder of the Bridging the Gap Program, supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, promoting greater policy relevance among academics. He currently serves on the boards of directors of the Close Up Foundation and the National Security Network. 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.

Featured Work

MAY 1, 2018 Podcast

The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from Twentieth-Century Statesmanship, with Bruce Jentleson

What are the qualities and conditions that enable people to become successful peacemakers? At a time when peace seems elusive and conflict endemic, Bruce Jentleson ...

CREDIT: Gusta Johnson

NOV 7, 2014 Podcast

Global Ethics and the Point of View of the Universe

Sidgwick's concept of looking at issues from "the point of view of the universe"--in other words, giving equal weight to everyone's interests, irrespective of ...

The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas

FEB 28, 2011 Podcast

The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas

Free market capitalism, Western culture, democracy—the ideas that shaped 20th century world politics and underpinned U.S. foreign policy—have lost a good deal ...