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Peter Krause

department of political science

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Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Curriculum Vitae

Office: McGuinn 229
Phone: 617-552-0759


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 internal politics and political effectiveness of national movements, as well as articles on the causes of escalation in insurgencies and the threat of internal strife by non-state actors for political gain. 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.

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 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

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


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