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.
Thu., May. 14, 2015 | Chinese Social Sciences Today; Translated by Li Chen, Graduate Research Associate
Chinese Social Sciences Today published an article detailing CPOST's Suicide Attack Index. The piece was translated from the original Chinese by Li Chen, Graduate Research Associate, Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism
Robert Pape, Director of the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism and University of Chicago political scientist, dispels myths about ISIS and suicide terrorism and discusses the potential power of grassroots efforts to influence foreign policy.
A new report on global trends in suicide terrorism shows that during 2014 more than 4,300 people in more than 15 countries were killed in suicide bombings. Out of the 15 countries, Afghanistan and Iraq led the world last year in suicide attacks with an increase in Iraq.
Mon., Apr. 20, 2015 | Robert A. Pape, The New York Times
Despite being criticized for lacking a strategy, the United States and its allies have made significant gains against the Islamic State. Over the past year, the areas it controlled that were most threatening to our regional allies in Iraq and Syria have shrunk by more than a third. The Islamic State’s fighters have been pushed back from the Mosul Dam in Kurdish Iraq, the town of Kobani in Syria, and, most recently, the Iraqi city of Tikrit, making the largest Kurdish and Shiite population centers vastly safer.