CPOST's 2015 sucide attack index shows a sharp spike in global spectacular suicide attacks driven by ISIS and Boko Haram. Reaching a 12 year high, these attacks, including Paris, were part of a 9% rise in attacks despite declining numbers in Iraq and Syria.
CPOST is proud to announce the launch of its newest research intitiative, the Program on Political Violence (PPV). Led by Assistant Directors Paul Staniland and Benjamin Lessing, the PPV will explore the interactions of states and armed groups across a broad range of contexts: from full-blown conflict to overt cooperation and murkier forms of intertwining in between.
Dr. Robert Pape explained that ISIS is creating a new role for themselves, not as the director but rather as the producers of terror who ensure that operations are a success by attracting the right cast.