National Security


War and Economy

Middle East Economy

  • Timur Kuran, professor of economics, political science and Islamic studies. Specializes in the economic development of the Muslim world; author of "The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East" (2010). (919) 660-1872;


  • Omid Safi, professor of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies and director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center. He specializes in classical Islam and contemporary Islamic thought. Safi’s research topics include American Muslims, Prophet Muhammad and the Quran, debates in contemporary Islam; and Sufism and Persian literature. (919) 668-1955;
  • Jen'nan Read, associate professor of sociology and global health. Specializes in the assimilation experiences of Arab-Americans and U.S. Muslims; gender and ethnicity; the sociology of religion and global health; author of "Culture, Class and Work Among Arab-American Women" (2004). (919) 660-5768, (919) 316-0545;
  • Timur Kuran, professor of economics, political science and Islamic studies. Specializes in the economic development of the Muslim world; author of "The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East" (2010). (919) 660-1872;
  • Abdeslam Maghraoui, associate professor of the practice in political science. Specializes in political identity, culture and Islam, with a focus on North Africa and the Middle East. His 2006 book, "Liberalism Without Democracy: Nationhood and Citizenship in Egypt, 1922-1939", reveals the inherent contradictions within the idea of occupying a people to liberate them. (919) 660-4320;
  • Abdullah Antepli, Duke's first Muslim chaplain, is founder and executive board member of the Muslim Chaplains Association. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member in Duke Divinity School and teaches introductory courses on Islam. (919) 613-6780;


  • Scott Silliman, director of Duke Law School’s Center for Law, Ethics and National Security. Specializes in national security law, international law principles on use of force and military law. He is a former U.S. Air Force colonel who provided legal support to U.S.A.F. commanders during the Persian Gulf War. (919) 613-7138;
  • Madeline Morris, law professor at Duke Law School and director of Duke’s Guantanamo Defense Clinic. Specializes in international criminal law and issues relating to U.S. responses to the attacks. Has worked extensively on issues related to detainees in Guantanamo; provided consultation to the U.S. State Department, Office of War Crimes Issues. (919) 613-7049;
  • Charlie Dunlap Jr., professor of the practice at Duke Law School and director of Duke's Center on Law, Ethics and National Security. Specializes in warfare policy and strategy, cyber-warfare, military commissions, counterinsurgency, nuclear issues and air power; former deputy judge advocate general of the U.S. Air Force; retired from military in June 2010 as a major general.(919) 613-7233;
  • Curtis Bradley, professor of law and public policy studies, co-director of Duke Law School’s Center for International and Comparative Law. Specializes in various aspects of international law and U.S. foreign relations law; has written numerous articles concerning both international law and U.S. foreign-relations law. (919) 613-7179;


  • Sim B. Sitkin, professor of management at The Fuqua School of Business and founding faculty director of the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics. Specializes in leadership, trust, organizational control and learning from risk and failure. His most recent book is "Organizational Control" (Cambridge University Press, 2011). (919) 660-7946; (919) 452-9488;

National Security/War

Foreign and Domestic Policy

  • Patrick Duddy, visiting senior lecturer at the Center for International Studies; former U.S. ambassador to Venezuela. Duddy, who was U.S. ambassador to Venezuela from 2007-10, was one of the Department of State’s most senior Latin American specialists with broad experience in trade, energy, public affairs and crisis management. (919) 668-2154;
  • Peter Feaver, professor of political science and public policy; director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies; director of the Program in American Grand Strategy. From 2005-07, he was on leave to be special adviser for Strategic Planning and Institutional Reform on the National Security Council Staff at the Bush White House. Feaver is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and blogs at (919) 660-4331;
  • Bruce W. Jentleson, professor of public policy and political science. Specializes in the Middle East, U.S. foreign policy and international humanitarian interventions. Served on the Obama administration policy planning staff, as foreign policy adviser to former Vice President Gore, and was involved in the Middle East peace process during the Clinton administration. Author and editor of eight books, including "The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas." Has done work on peace-keeping and interventions. (919) 613-9208;
  • David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, a collaboration between Duke, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and RTI International. He specializes in terrorism, Guantanamo Bay, national security policy. Published report “Anti-Terrorism Lessons of Muslim-Americans” in 2010; served as Democratic staff director of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security. (919) 613-9279;


Gunther Peck, associate professor of history, associate professor of public policy studies. Specializes in 19th and 20th century American social and cultural history, comparative immigration and labor studies, and environmental history. (919) 668-5297;

Suzanne Shanahan, director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and associate research professor of Sociology. Specializes in racial violence and riots, immigration and refugee policy, and the effect of immigration policies in Europe and North America on racial tension within populations. (919) 660-3033;

International Terrorist Movements

Media Coverage/Public Opinion Abroad

Women and War


Pacifism and War

  • Stanley M. Hauerwas, professor emeritus of theological ethics at Duke Divinity School. As a "christological pacifist," he was strongly critical of the U.S. build-up for war and the war on terrorism. Hauerwas co-edited a 2002 edition of The South Atlantic Quarterly in which 18 theologians, philosophers and literary critics challenged the war on terrorism and America's reaction to Sept. 11. (919) 660-3420;

Theology and War

  • Amy Laura Hall, associate professor of Christian ethics in Duke Divinity School. Examines theological arguments against a preemptive war. Led an interfaith conference in 2011, “Toward a Moral Consensus Against Torture: A Gathering of Students, Clergy, People of Conscience, and People of Faith," which focused on the use of torture in the U.S. and abroad. (919) 660-3403;