Robert Pape Director

5828 S University Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
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Dr. Robert A. Pape is the founding Director of CPOST and a Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Specializing in international security affairs, he is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on strategic air power and terrorism studies. His research efforts has also led him to study the effectiveness of economic sanctions, humanitarian intervention policy, U.S.-China Relations, and American Grand Strategy. He strongly believes these fields are inexorably linked. His more than 30 years of experience in studying air power as a tool for coercion, which grew out of his dissertation project, has informed his opinions on U.S. action (or lack thereof) in Kuwait, Bosnia and Kosovo, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria. He has also advised major policymakers in Washington, and served on the Presidential campaigns of Republican Ron Paul and Democrat Barack Obama.

Dr. Pape is a proud graduate of the University of Chicago with a PhD in Political Science (1988). Dr. Pape also obtained a B.A./M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was the state of Pennsylvania’s Harry S. Truman Scholar. Dr. Pape taught at the United States Air Force School of Advanced Airpower Studies and Dartmouth College before returning to the University of Chicago in 1999, where he is now tenured.

Dr. Pape’s publications include Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It (Chicago 2010, with James Feldman); Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism (Random House 2005); Bombing to Win: Air Power and Coercion in War (Cornell 1996), “Why Economic Sanctions Do Not Work,” (International Security 1997), “The Determinants of International Moral Action,” (International Organization 1999); “The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism,” (American Political Science Review 2003); “Soft Balancing against the United States,” (International Security 2005), and “When Duty Calls: A Pragmatic Standard of Humanitarian Intervention,” (International Security 2012). His commentary policy has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, New Republic, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, and The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.