department of political science
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Office: McGuinn 229
Peter Krause’s research and writing focuses on international security, Middle East politics, non-state violence, and national movements. He is currently completing his book manuscript on the political effectiveness of national movements, as well as articles on the structure of national movements and the threat of internal strife by non-state actors for political gain. He has previously published articles on the effectiveness of non-state 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 currently teaches “International Relations of the Middle East,” “Terrorism, Insurgency, and Political Violence,” and “Introduction to International Studies” at Boston College. He is a faculty associate in the International Studies Program and the Islamic Civilization and Societies Program at Boston College, as well as a research affiliate with the MIT Security Studies Program.
Before joining the faculty at Boston College, Krause was formerly 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.
select recent publications
"The Political Effectiveness of Non-State Violence: A Two-Level Framework to Transform a Deceptive Debate," Security Studies, Vol. 22, No. 2 (Summer 2013), 259-294
“Intervention in Syria: Reconciling Moral Premises and Realistic Outcomes,” with Eva Bellin, Middle East Brief, No. 64, Crown Center for Middle East Studies (June 2012)
“Many Roads to Palestine? The Potential and Peril of Multiple Strategies within a Divided Palestinian National Movement,” Middle East Brief, No. 60, Crown Center for Middle East Studies (March 2012)
“The Last Good Chance: A Reassessment of U.S. Operations at Tora Bora,” Security Studies, Vol. 17, No. 4 (Winter 2008), 644-684