CPOST, in conjunction with Peking University and the University of Chicago Beijing Center, is proud to host the first annual Summer Institute on International Relations. Held in Beijing from August 18 through August 22, this institute will teach Chinese graduate students and young faculty how the University of Chicago approaches the study of international relations.
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 embarrassment,' which the U.S. should use to distance Russian President Vladimir Putin from the rebels.
Following up their original piece on government data exaggerating the increase in terrorist attacks, Director Robert Pape, Research Director Keven Ruby, and Research Analysts Vincent Bauer and Gentry Jenkins write for 'The Monkey Cage' at The Washington Post to explain that the Global Terrorism Database does not accurately portray the trajectory of terrorism over time, why this problem matters, and how to fix it.
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).