Recent Press/Research

The Imponderable Will to Fight- Scott Atran and Hammad Sheikh

Commenting on the overwhelming success of the Islamic State and the failure of the Iraq Army, the U.S. National Intelligence Director James R. Clapper stated recently to the Washington Post: “We underestimated the Viet Cong… we underestimated ISIL [the Islamic State] and overestimated the fighting capability of the Iraqi army…. It boils down to predicting…Read More »

Climate Change and Political Violence- Dr. Charles Strozier and Kelly Berkell

In this study, Strozier and Berkell probe the possibilities of significant forms of political violence—terrorism, civil wars, genocides—that could result in vulnerable societies from the disruptions of climate change. The consequences could be severe and dangerous. The four-year drought in Syria from 2006 to 2010 disrupted the infrastructure of a country led by a corrupt…Read More »