CPOST editorials are widely published by media outlets as part of of a deep commitment to making policy-relevant scholarship easily accessible. Below are CPOST’s recent Op-Eds, along with several earlier editorials of particular importance.

2016

If ISIS brought down EgyptAir plane, what was the motive?
The Boston Globe
May 19th, 2016
By Robert A. Pape

The Ted Cruz solution won't stop terrorism in the U.S.
The Chicago Tribune
March 29, 2016
By Robert A. Pape and Walker Gunning 

A new normal for Europe
The Boston Globe
March 22, 2016
By Robert A. Pape

Spoiler’s Limits
The Indian Express
January 11, 2016
By Paul Staniland

2015

Why Paris? The answer can be found in Syria and Iraq
The Boston Globe
November 14th, 2015
by Robert A. Pape

Eradicating suicide terrorism in Pakistan
The Chicago Tribune
October 30th, 2015
by Robert A. Pape

Getting ISIS out of Iraq
The New York Times
April 20, 2015
by Robert A. Pape

Every Insurgency Is Different
The New York Times
February 15, 2015
by Paul Staniland

Four Reasons For ISIS's Success
Oxford University Press Blog
January 25, 2015
by Robert A. Pape and Sarah Morell

Hammer and Anvil: How to Defeat ISIS
Foreign Affairs
January 2, 2015
by Robert A. Pape, Keven Ruby, and Vincent Bauer

2014

Why ISIL Beheads Its Victims
POLITICO Magazine
October 7, 2014
by Robert A. Pape, Michael Rowley, and Sarah Morell

How to Fix the Flaws in the Global Terrorism Database and Why It Matters
"The Monkey Cage," The Washington Post
August 11, 2014
by Robert A. Pape, Keven Ruby, Vincent Bauer, and Gentry Jenkins

Government Data Exaggerate the Increase in Terrorist Attacks
"The Monkey Cage," The Washington Post
July 21, 2014
by Robert A. Pape, Keven Ruby, and Vincent Bauer

Russia Faces the Power of Embarassment
USA TODAY
July 18, 2014
by Robert A. Pape

Why U.S. Military Involvement Will Hurt Iraq and Increase Suicide Terrorism
"The Monkey Cage," The Washington Post
June 18, 2014
by Robert A. Pape

A Hotline to Cool Asian Crises
"The Monkey Cage," Washington Post
April 29, 2014
by Robert A. Pape

Why Western sanctions against Russia could inflame Ukraine crisis
CNN International
March 7, 2014
by Robert A. Pape

Chechen Rebels’ Complicated Agenda
Boston Globe
February 7, 2014
by Robert A. Pape

2013

Why We Shouldn’t be Afraid of Al-Qaeda in Yemen
Boston Globe
August 16, 2013
by Robert A. Pape and David Schneyer

Echoes of London
Boston Globe
April 26, 2013
by Robert A. Pape

2012

Why We Should Not Attack Syria
New York Times
February 3, 2012 
by Robert A. Pape

2011

When Leaders Die, Terror Still Thrives
New York Times
October 4, 2011
by Jenna Jordan

How the U.S. Can Finish Off Al-Qaeda
The Atlantic
May 4, 2011 
by Robert A. Pape and Jenna Jordan

The New Standard for Humanitarian Intervention
The Atlantic 
April 4, 2011 
by Robert A. Pape

The Next Step in Libya
Time Magazine
March 25, 2011 
by Robert A. Pape

A Plan for Libya
Time Magazine
March 21, 2011
by Robert A. Pape

How to Save Benghazi
Foreign Policy
March 18, 2011 
by Robert A. Pape

Making a strong case for humanitarian action in Libya
Chicago Tribune
March 15, 2011 
by Robert A. Pape

2010

What Really Drives Suicide Terrorists?
The Christian Science Monitor
December 9, 2010 
by Robert A. Pape

What Triggers the Suicide Bomber
Los Angeles Times
October 22, 2010 
by Robert A. Pape

It’s the Occupation, Stupid
Foreign Policy
October 18, 2010
by Robert A. Pape

What Makes Chechen Women So Dangerous?
New York Times
March 31, 2010
by Robert A. Pape, Lindsay O’ Rourke, and Jenna McDermit

Previous Op-Eds

To Beat the Taliban, Fight from Afar
New York Times
October 15, 2009
by Robert A. Pape

10 Steps to Victory in Afghanistan: End Suicide Attacks
New York Times
October 4, 2009
by Robert A. Pape

Realities and Obama’s diplomacy
Chicago Tribune
March 8, 2009
by Robert A. Pape

Behind the Woman Behind the Bomb
New York Times
August 2, 2008
by Lindsey O’Rourke

We Can Watch Iraq from the Sea
New York Times
December 10, 2006
by Robert A. Pape

Ground to a Halt
New York Times
August 3, 2006
by Robert A. Pape

Al-Qaeda’s Smart Bombs
New York Times
July 9, 2005
by Robert A. Pape

Blowing Up an Assumption
New York Times
May 18, 2005
by Robert A. Pape

Wars Can’t be Won Only From Above
New York Times
March 21, 2003
by Robert A. Pape

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