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Four Reasons for ISIS’s Success

Sun., Jan. 25, 2015    |    Oxford Islamic Studies Online, Oxford University Press

Dr. Robert Pape and Sarah Morell examine ISIS's successes since June 2014 and offer insight into why the group has been able to expand its control in Iraq and Syria. 

Hammer and Anvil: How to Defeat ISIS

Fri., Jan. 02, 2015    |    Foreign Affairs

Dr. Robert Pape, Research Director Keven Ruby, and Research Analyst Vincent Bauer explore the effectiveness of U.S. and Coalition airstrikes on ISIS, and the best strategy moving forward. 

Why ISIL Beheads Its Victims

Tue., Oct. 07, 2014    |    POLITICO Magazine

Robert Pape, Michael Rowley, and Sarah Morell examine the strategtic logic behind ISIL's recent beheadings of Westerners. The group's primary goal, they argue, is not to fight the West, but instead to use anti-American sentiment to expand its recruitment pool in order to grow a military force powerful enough to take down enemies in the immediate vicinity. 

The Growing Threat of ISIS

Sun., Sep. 14, 2014    |    Beyond the Beltway with Bruce DuMont

Dr. Robert Pape appeared on "Beyond the Beltway" with Bruce DuMont to discuss the rising threat of ISIS and America's strategy moving forward. 

How National Security Has Increased in the United States

Thu., Sep. 11, 2014    |    WBEZ, NPR Chicago

On the anniversary of 9/11, Dr. Robert Pape spoke with WBEZ, NPR's Chicago affiliate, on the changing national security landscape since 2001. The discussion centered on the important balance between civil liberties and national security, and how to ensure that American policies maximize American security and individual freedom. 

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