On October 24, CPOST and the Council on Foreign Relations co-sponsored a conference featuring two panels: the first to discuss the state of humanitarian interventionand the second to discuss lessons learned from past interventions, featuring Gen John Abizaid (USA Ret.), Bing West (former Asst. Secretary of Defense), Edward Luck (former UN Asst. Secterary-General), Dr. Gary Bass (Princeton), and Dr. Robert Pape.
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.
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.
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.
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.