department of political science
Peter Krause’s research and writing focuses on international security, Middle East politics, political violence, and national movements. His book Power, Violence, and Victory: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win is forthcoming in the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs series with Cornell University Press. He is completing a co-edited volume entitled The Power to Hurt: Coercion in Theory and Practice, and articles on territorial control, intrastate negotiation, and the effectiveness of terrorism. He has previously published articles on the causes and effectiveness of 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. He currently teaches “International Relations of the Middle East,” “Terrorism, Insurgency, and Political Violence,” "Research Methods and National Movements," 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.
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 Structure of Success: How the Internal Distribution of Power Drives Armed Group Behavior and National Movement Effectiveness," International Security, Vol. 38, No. 3 (Winter 2013/2014), 72-116 – Podcast with MIT Press discussing "The Structure of Success"
"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
“When Terrorism Works,” with Craig Noyes, The National Interest, July 8, 2015
"Price-Tag Attacks Against Palestinians Are About the Nature of the Jewish State,” with Ehud Eiran, War on the Rocks, September 1, 2015
“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
Select Recent Media Appearances
“Syrian Civil War 101” CBS-Radio with Bradley Jay, February 19, 2016
No-Fly Zone in Syria and the Politics of the Middle East, CBS-Radio’s “Nightside" with Dan Rea, October 14, 2015
The Battle for Syria, NECN’s “Broadside” with Steve Aveson, October 8, 2015
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