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Myth Busting: ISIS, suicide terrorism, and U.S. Foreign Policy

Tue., May. 05, 2015    |    Chicago Policy Review

Robert Pape, Director of the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism and University of Chicago political scientist, dispels myths about ISIS and suicide terrorism and discusses the potential power of grassroots efforts to influence foreign policy.

Chicago Project on Security & Terrorism creates first annual report on suicide terrorism

Tue., Apr. 28, 2015    |    UChicago News

A new report on global trends in suicide terrorism shows that during 2014 more than 4,300 people in more than 15 countries were killed in suicide bombings. Out of the 15 countries, Afghanistan and Iraq led the world last year in suicide attacks with an increase in Iraq.

Getting ISIS Out of Iraq

Mon., Apr. 20, 2015    |    Robert A. Pape, The New York Times

Despite being criticized for lacking a strategy, the United States and its allies have made significant gains against the Islamic State. Over the past year, the areas it controlled that were most threatening to our regional allies in Iraq and Syria have shrunk by more than a third. The Islamic State’s fighters have been pushed back from the Mosul Dam in Kurdish Iraq, the town of Kobani in Syria, and, most recently, the Iraqi city of Tikrit, making the largest Kurdish and Shiite population centers vastly safer.

Lecture examines the strategy behind ISIS, suicide attacks

Mon., Mar. 30, 2015    |    Emory University News Center

What motivates a suicide terrorist? Is there a transitional moment that creates a terrorist? What are the risk factors that lead to suicide attacks? In the aftermath of 9/11, University of Chicago political science professor Robert Pape found himself flooded with such questions from a public in search of answers. And the truth was, he wasn't sure.

Killing Top Terrorists is Not Enough

Fri., Mar. 06, 2015    |    The Washington Post

The Washington Post columnist David Ignatius features the research of Dr. Jenna Jordan, former CPOST Researcher and current Assistant Professor of Political Science at Georgia Tech, whose path-breaking work focuses on the ineffectiveness of decapitation strategies against terrorist groups. 

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