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Myth Busting: Robert Pape on ISIS, Suicide Terrorism, and US Foreign Policy

This piece, first published on May 5, 2015, is being republished as part of the Chicago Policy Review’s 20th Anniversary Series. Please visit us here to...

How Republics Fell and Monarchies Survived the Arab Spring

What made monarchies more resilient during the Arab Spring as compared to republics? To understand this conundrum, Robert Snyder offers an ideological-institutional framework in The Arab Uprising and the Persistence of Monarchy.

Is China ‘Unseating’ the US in the Middle East in a New Energy Landscape?

In light of the United States’ reduced need for oil imports, more West African and Latin American producers are competing with China’s traditional Middle Eastern suppliers for market share. The fall in global oil prices, due to increasing supply and slowing demand since mid-2014, has been an economic boon for China. China’s decision makers, however, still view the country’s high dependency on imported oil as a source of vulnerability. While China will continue to expand its commercial footprint in the Middle East, its appetite for a deeper security engagement remains limited.

Cultural Perspective Is Key to International Relations: An Interview with Former Pakistani Ambassador Husain Haqqani

An interview with former Pakistani Ambassador Husain Haqqani on foreign policy with Pakistan, and radical Islam.

The West Needs to Avoid Falling into ISIS’s Trap: A Conversation with Robert Pape

Since ISIS attacks in Jakarta, Ankara, Beirut, and Paris, Robert Pape has noted a significant shift in strategy. What is this new strategy, and what should be the Western response, particularly the US response?

The Role of Drought and Climate Change in Syrian Conflict

A recent study shows how climate change contributed to the 2007-2010 drought and how this affected conflict in Syria.

Americans (still) don’t understand the Middle East. This man wants to help.

CPR sits down with Dr. Mordechai Kedar, an Israeli academic and veteran of IDF intelligence, to discuss the causes of conflict in the Middle East and what might resolve them.

Back to the Future: A Duke historian’s take on modern terrorism

Duke University professor Dr. Martin Miller discusses important historical trends in terrorism, root causes, and how we should think about breaking the cycle.

Myth Busting: Robert Pape on ISIS, suicide terrorism, and U.S. Foreign Policy

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.

Bridging Policy, Bridging Regions: America’s involvement in promoting democracy in the Middle East

Former Congressman Vin Weber discusses how policy practitioners link domestic debates with external issues.

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