Peter Feaver, Alexander F. Hehmeyer professor of political science and director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, was quoted in the New York Times Sunday. The article, by Peter Baker, discusses how President Barack Obama has gained few concessions from foreign leaders, despite the good will he has built up abroad.
Here’s Feaver’s take on the matter, as quoted in the Times:
“The problem is he’s asking for roughly the same things President Bush asked for and President Bush didn’t get them, not because he was a boorish diplomat or a cowboy,” said Peter D. Feaver, a former adviser to Mr. Bush now at Duke University. “If that were the case, bringing in the sophisticated, urbane President Obama would have solved the problem. President Bush didn’t get them because these countries had good reasons for not giving them.”
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Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof told a packed Page Auditorium that women’s rights is the issue of the 21st century Sept. 17. His visit to the University was the first stop on his tour to promote his new book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.”
Unequal access to health care, food and education has crippled developing countries and left the world short of about 100 million women, Kristof said.
Telling stories of sex trafficking, physical abuse and mental neglect, Kristof illustrated his emotional and often disturbing anecdotes with photographs of the women of whom he spoke.
Kristof followed his lecture with a question and answer session and a book signing. The first 200 audience members to arrive received free copies of his book, and more were available for purchase.
Just over 25 percent of students voted in Duke Student Government elections Monday, approving all four referendum items and electing 17 senators and the first special secretary for the Young Trustee process. DSG Attorney General Var Shankar, a senior, provided The Chronicle with elections results:
Two of the high-powered assault rifles belonging to the North Carolina Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement are missing, according to a story in The (Raleigh) News & Observer today. The ALE is the only state agency, including the State Highway Patrol, that provides every officer with an high-powered assault riffle, despite the relatively few situations ALE officers encounter where deadly force is needed.
“Wow, I didn’t know they had those,” State Sen. Ed Jones, a Democrat from Enfield who is a retired state trooper, told The News & Observer in an interview. “I’m sitting here trying to think of a good reason to justify why ALE would need that much firepower, but I’m having some trouble.”