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  • Announcing the Program on Political Violence

  • The Evolution of Humanitarian Intervention


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. 

Foreign Policy Likely To Be Hot Topic in 2016 Presidential Contest

Mon., Mar. 02, 2015    |    University of Chicago News Office

The University of Chicago News Office recaps the inaugural CPOST Speaker Series event held in early February 2015 with Robert Kagan, Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution.

Shopping Malls and Social Media, A New Age for Terrorist Threats

Thu., Feb. 26, 2015    |    Gentry Jenkins, Medill Reports Chicago, Medill News Service

CPOST Fellow Gentry Jenkins speaks with Medill Reports Chicago about how terror groups use social media to threaten and advertise. 

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