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.
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.
Tue., Apr. 29, 2014 | The Monkey Cage, The Washington Post
CPOST Director Robert A. Pape writes on the importance of establishing a new, working hotline between the United States and China. He proposes specific recommendations for a new hotline, "CHILINK," which will overcome previous shortfalls and provide a direct link between the American and Chinese governments in a time when we see an increasing frequency of security crises in East Asia.
The Washington Post discusses situations in which economic sanctions have arguably worked, noting that such cases are quite rare. He cites CPOST Director Robert A. Pape's article "Why Economic Sanctions Do Not Work" to explain this important phenomenon in the context of the 2014 Ukraine Crisis.
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk and CPOST Director Robert Pape argue that the American public should be better informed about which countries check for stolen passports and which ones don’t, in the hopes of putting pressure on governments to fight passport fraud and make travel safer.
CPOST Lecture: Why a U.S.-Chinese Cold War is Implausible