Bridging the Gap Project

Who We Are

Bruce Jentleson
Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Duke University
Bruce Jentleson is Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University, where he served from 2000-2005 as Director, Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. In addition to his position at Duke, Jentleson currently serves as Senior Advisor to the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Director. In 1999-2000, he served as a senior foreign policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore and his presidential campaign. In 1993-94, he was on the State Department Policy Planning Staff as Special Assistant to the Director, with a broad range of policy responsibilities, including serving on the U.S. delegation to the Middle East Multilateral Arms Control and Regional Security Talks.

Jentleson has published numerous articles and books. His recent work includes “America’s Hard Sell” with Steven Weber, Foreign Policy (Nov/Dec 2008 cover story); “America’s Global Role after Bush,” Survival (Autumn 2007); “Who ‘Won’ Libya: The Force-Diplomacy Debate and Its Implications for Theory and Policy” with Christopher A. Whytock, International Security (Winter 2005-06); and “Policy Planning: An Integrative Executive Branch Strategy,” in Avoiding Trivia: The Role of Strategic Planning in American Foreign Policy (Daniel W. Drezner, editor, 2009). His next books - The New Age of Ideology: The 21st Century Global Competition of Ideas (with Steven Weber), Force and Diplomacy: Striking a Balance, and Profiles in Statesmanship - are in the works.

He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University, and was recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Harold D. Lasswell Award for his doctoral dissertation; a Master's from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and a Bachelor’s degree also from Cornell.


Ely Ratner
Executive Director, Bridging the Gap Project
Associate Political Scientist, RAND Corporation
Ely Ratner is an Associate Political Scientist at the Rand Corporation, where he performs research on a broad range of national security issues, including China, the Middle East, counterinsurgency, and deterrence. Ely has worked as a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he covered the Middle East. More recently, he lived in Beijing, studied Mandarin, and wrote about the rise of China. He has published articles on China, globalization, democratization, international relations among developing nations, and the security implications of American unipolarity. His commentary has appeared in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, The Los Angeles Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science of the University of California, Berkeley, and his B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. His portfolio is available at


Steven Weber
Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Steve Weber is Professor of Political Science and Professor of The Information School at UC Berkeley. He served as special consultant to the president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and has held academic fellowships with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and was Director of the Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley from 2003 to 2009. Over the last 15 years Weber has consulted with multinational companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations on risk analysis, strategy, and business forecasting in the areas of international political risk, technology, and global economic change, in part through Monitor Group in San Francisco and The Glover Park Group in Washington DC.

Weber’s book, The Success of Open Source, is the leading study of the political economy of the open source software community. He is the also the author of Cooperation and Discord in US – Soviet Arms Control, the editor of Globalization and the European Political Economy, and has written numerous articles in academic and popular publications about international political economy, globalization, emerging security issues, etc. (including “How Globalization Went Bad,” in Foreign Policy 2007, and “A World Without the West,” The National Interest summer 2007). Weber went to medical school at Stanford then did his Ph.D. in the political science department at Stanford.