“Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It”
January 24, 2011
A talk by Robert Pape, Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago
In their book Cutting the Fuse, Robert A. Pape, James K. Feldman and the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism examine every suicide terrorist attack worldwide from 1980 to 2009, nearly 2200 attacks in all. In this talk, Robert Pape presents their finding that contrary to popular and dangerously mistaken belief, religion alone motivates only a tiny minority of these attacks. Instead, the root cause is foreign military occupation, which triggers secular and religious people to carry out suicide attacks.
Robert A. Pape is Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago specializing in international security affairs. His current work focuses on American grand strategy, causes and solutions to suicide terrorism, the logic of soft balancing in a unipolar world, and the limits and advantages of precision air power. His commentary on international security policy has appeared in many publications and programs, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, PBS, CNN, and NPR.
From The World Beyond the Headlines lecture series.