Mon., Mar. 30, 2015 | Emory University News Center
What motivates a suicide terrorist? Is there a transitional moment that creates a terrorist? What are the risk factors that lead to suicide attacks? In the aftermath of 9/11, University of Chicago political science professor Robert Pape found himself flooded with such questions from a public in search of answers. And the truth was, he wasn't sure.
Fri., Mar. 06, 2015 | The Washington Post
The Washington Post columnist David Ignatius features the research of Dr. Jenna Jordan, former CPOST Researcher and current Assistant Professor of Political Science at Georgia Tech, whose path-breaking work focuses on the ineffectiveness of decapitation strategies against terrorist groups.
Mon., Mar. 02, 2015 | University of Chicago News Office
The University of Chicago News Office recaps the inaugural CPOST Speaker Series event held in early February 2015 with Robert Kagan, Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution.
Thu., Feb. 26, 2015 | Gentry Jenkins, Medill Reports Chicago, Medill News Service
CPOST Fellow Gentry Jenkins speaks with Medill Reports Chicago about how terror groups use social media to threaten and advertise.
Mon., Feb. 16, 2015 | Robert Pape, H-Diplo, ISSF Forum
Director Pape reviews the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Report and the United States' Post-9/11 Policy on Torture in a forum at H-Diplo, weighing the strategic costs against the tactical benefits.
Sun., Feb. 15, 2015 | Paul Staniland, The New York Times
In this editorial for The New York Times, Assistant Director Paul Staniland examines insurgencies across the globe and asks why, if each group is different in structure, goals, and strategies, it appears the U.S. and its allies use only one counterinsurgency approach against them all.
Fri., Feb. 13, 2015 | Robert Pape, Freakonomics Radio Podcast
Dr. Pape joined Stephen Dubner on the Freakonomics Radio Podcast to discuss the root causes of terrorism ahead of the White House "Countering Violent Extremism" Summit.
Thu., Feb. 12, 2015 | University of Chicago News Office
In this interview, Dr. Robert Pape speaks with Dr. Robert Kagan, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, about America's role in the international system and the future of U.S. foreign policy and national security strategy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mon., Aug. 11, 2014 | The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post
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.
Thu., Aug. 07, 2014 | ABC Chicago
Fellow David Benson, former Army intelligence officer, speaks to ABC Chicago about 'Green on Blue' attacks and the death of Major General Harold Greene in Afghanistan.
Mon., Jul. 28, 2014
With events unfolding in Ukraine and Russia following the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crash, CPOST Director Robert Pape discusses the tragedy, the implications for the conflict, and what action the international community can take.
Thu., Jun. 19, 2014 | The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post
In a piece written for "The Monkey Cage" at The Washington Post, CPOST Director Robert A. Pape explains why we should not be considering military options for Iraq despite the gains made by the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Fri., May. 30, 2014
We are proud to share new publications in the prestigious journals Security Studies and International Security by CPOST Fellow David Benson and CPOST alumna Jenna Jordan!
Wed., May. 07, 2014
On April 30, 2014, CPOST co-sponsored a conference on Capitol Hill with Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), founder and co-chair of the Senate U.S.-China Working Group. CPOST and Senator Kirk's office brought together top American and Chinese scholars, policymakers, and members of the think tank community to discuss the best ways to manage security crises in Asia.
Wed., May. 07, 2014
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.
Fri., May. 02, 2014 | UChicago News
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.
Mon., Apr. 28, 2014 | The Washington Post
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.
Mon., Apr. 28, 2014
We are proud to introduce the new CPOST website, including the Suicide Attack Database updated through 2013. As a research institute at the University of Chicago specializing in international security affairs, we strive to create new knowledge and policy initiatives through peer-reviewed scholarship, conferences, and engagement with the media.
Fri., Apr. 11, 2014 | Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Sun., Mar. 09, 2014 | Chicago Tribune
CPOST Director Robert Pape calculates that sanctions have worked less than 5 percent of the time. The intractable obstacle, he has written, is that modern governments are “willing to endure considerable punishment rather than abandon what are seen as the interests of the nation.”
Fri., Mar. 07, 2014 | CNN
CPOST Director Robert A. Pape examines the threat of U.S. sanctions against Russia over recent events in Ukraine.
Fri., Feb. 07, 2014 | The Boston Globe
CPOST Director Robert A. Pape discusses the cause of the Chechen rebels and the terror threat leading up to the Sochi Olympics.
Wed., Jan. 22, 2014 | Foreign Policy
Robert Pape, Lindsey O’Rourke and Jenna McDermit of the Chicago Project on Terrorism and Security (CPOST) wrote in a New York Times op-ed that militants began using female suicide bombers after the outbreak of the second Chechen war with Russia in 1999. As the usual guerrilla tactics and hostage-taking proved ineffective, they turned to Black Widow attacks. “New tactics were employed and women were central from the start,” they wrote.
Tue., Oct. 22, 2013 | ABC News
The Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism last month completed an 18-month study for the Navy of thousands of terrorist incidents and Pape said it concluded in part that the Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus in desperation is now more willing to attack civilians over military targets. Pape said Russia’s aggressive counter-terror operations have beaten Umarov’s group into a corner.
Wed., Sep. 11, 2013
To mark the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, CPOST asked prominent policymakers and scholars to reflect on the decade since September 11, 2001.
Fri., Aug. 16, 2013 | The Boston Globe
CPOST Director Robert A. Pape and Research Associate David Schneyer explain why it was unnecessary to close over 20 embassies across the Middle East and North Africa in light of intelligence suggesting a threat posed by Al-Qaeda in Yemen.
Thu., Jun. 06, 2013 | Chicago Tonight
CPOST Fellow David Benson takes part in a panel discussion on the legal implications of cell phone tracking for American citizens
Fri., Apr. 26, 2013 | The Boston Globe
CPOST Director Robert A. Pape discusses the Boston Marathon bombing suspects and their likely motivation.
Thu., Feb. 02, 2012 | Robert Pape
In this article, Dr. Pape argues that, unlike Libya, the opposition to Syria’s dictatorial president has not achieved sustained control of any major population area. So, air power alone would probably not be sufficient to blunt the Assad loyalists entrenched in cities, and a heavy ground campaign would probably face stiff and bloody resistance.
Mon., Apr. 04, 2011 | Robert Pape
CPOST Director Robert A. Pape writes about intervention in Libya and how it connects to and sets a new, "pragmatic" standard for intervention in humanitarian crises.
Fri., Mar. 25, 2011 | Time Magazine
Tue., Oct. 05, 2010 | Steve Clemons, Huffington Post
Can it be that American military bases abroad, usually thought of as “stabilizers” in tough neighborhoods, are really the primary cause of radical terrorism against the US and its allies? That is what Robert Pape and James K. Feldman compellingly argue in their new book released this week titled Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop
Mon., Apr. 26, 2010 | Nicholas Lemann, The New Yorker
Once you take terrorists to be rational actors, you need a theory about their rationale. Robert Pape, a political scientist at the University of Chicago, built a database of three hundred and fifteen suicide attacks between 1980 and 2003, and drew a resoundingly clear conclusion: “What nearly all suicide terrorist attacks have in common is a specific secular and strategic goal: to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from territory that the terrorists consider to be their homeland.” As he wrote in “Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism” (2005), what terrorists want is “to change policy,” often the policy of a faraway major power. Pape asserts that “offensive military action rarely works” against terrorism, so, in his view, the solution to the problem of terrorism couldn’t be simpler: withdraw.
Tue., Sep. 22, 2009 | Carnegie Results
In its Fall 2009 Issue, the Carnegie Corporation details its support for one scholar’s research, which opened up new terrain in policy relevant work and continues to influence decision makers at the highest level. Five years after being named a Carnegie Scholar, Robert Pape now heads the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism, investigating trends and searching for solutions to critical international security issues facing the U.S. and world community.
Sun., Jul. 10, 2005 | Caryle Murphy, The Washington Post
(CPOST Director Robert) Pape’s world is a little topsy-turvy right now because the loquacious associate professor of political science is hollering “No!” to some of the conventional wisdom underpinning U.S. foreign policy. Specifically, Pape contends in his controversial new book, “Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism,” that U.S. policymakers misread why suicide terrorists do what they do.
CPOST hosted local and national broadcast news at a conference announcing the release of The American Face of ISIS. Full video from the conference found here.
In 2011, CPOST, the New York Council on Foreign Relations, and Foreign Affairs Magazine collaborated to present a special collection of perspectives and analyses examining Afghanistan ten years following the fall of the Taliban. This collection is comprised of a wide-range of perspectives from top military leaders, policymakers, and academics.