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Terrorism and the Boston Marathon: Fear, Hope and Resilience

Boston Marathon vigil
Photo credit: Tom Cole

Peter Krause
Boston College

Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Location: Higgins 300, Boston College

A live broadcast of this event can be watched at for those who can not attend in person.

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Abstract: Peter Krause will discuss the causes and effects of terrorism in general and the 2013 Boston Marathon attacks in particular. He will present findings from his own research on the role of education, emotion, and community resilience in the difficult choices faced by societies in the aftermath of terrorist attacks.

Krause Head Shot

Peter Krause is an assistant professor in the Political Science Department at Boston College. His research and writing focuses on international security, Middle East politics, political violence, and national movements. He is currently completing his book manuscript on the political effectiveness of national movements, as well as articles on the impact of education on attitudes about terrorism and counterterrorism. He has previously published articles on the effectiveness of national movements and political violence, U.S. intervention in the Syrian civil war, the politics of division within the Palestinian national movement, the war of ideas in the Middle East, and a reassessment of U.S. operations at Tora Bora in 2001. Krause has conducted extensive fieldwork throughout the Middle East over the past five years. He is a research affiliate with the MIT Security Studies Program. Before joining the faculty at Boston College, Krause was a research fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies of Brandeis University, as well as a research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs of the Harvard Kennedy School. Krause has offered his analysis of Middle East politics, political violence, and the Boston Marathon attacks with national and local media, including CNN, MSNBC, NECN, and the Boston affiliates of Fox, NBC, ABC, and CBS.


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