Government-sponsored data shows 2013 as the peak year for global suicide attacks. CPOST data shows that while suicide attacks increased from 2012 to 2013, they stayed below the peak in 2007. In an op-ed for "The Monkey Cage," the CPOST research team explains how a recent change in government data collection standards caused 2013 violence to appear erroneously as the peak.
The United States has tried to use economic sanctions to drive a wedge between Russia and the Ukrainian rebels. In an op-ed for USA TODAY by CPOST Director Robert Pape, he argues that economic sanctions are an ineffective tool, especially when compared to 'the politics of embarassment,' which the U.S. should use to distance Russian President Vladimir Putin from the rebels.
We are proud to present the latest release of the CPOST Suicide Attack Database. The database now contains all known suicide attacks from 1982 to 2013 worldwide, and throgh June 2014 for Iraq, comprising 3,807 attacks in over 40 countries. It is most comprehensive and up-to-date database of suicide attacks in the world, and is available to the public for free.
With events unfolding in Ukraine and Russia following the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crash, CPOST Director Robert Pape discusses the tragedy, the implications for the conflict, and what action the international community can take.
In a piece written for "The Monkey Cage" at The Washington Post, CPOST Director Robert A. Pape explains why we should not be considering military options for Iraq despite the gains made by the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
On April 30, 2014, CPOST co-sponsored a conference on Capitol Hill with Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), founder and co-chair of the Senate U.S.-China Working Group. CPOST and Senator Kirk's office brought together top American and Chinese scholars, policymakers, and members of the think tank community to discuss the best ways to manage security crises in Asia.
Citing the increased number of territorial disputes in East Asia, Senator Mark Kirk and CPOST Director Robert Pape propose a hotline between the United States and China, similar to the one used with the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
CPOST Lecture: Why a U.S.-Chinese Cold War is Implausible