Peter Krause’s research and teaching focus on international security, Middle East politics, terrorism and political violence, and national movements. His book Rebel Power: Why national Movements Compete, Fight, and Win was just published in the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs series with Cornell University Press. His co-edited volume Coercion: The Power to Hurt in International Politics was just published with Oxford University Press. He has previously published or forthcoming articles on the causes and effectiveness of terrorism and political violence, why states negotiate with ethno-political organizations, social movements and territorial control, 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 courses on Middle East politics, terrorism and political violence, and 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.
“It Comes with the Territory: Why States Negotiate with Ethnopolitical Organizations,” with Victor Asal and Daniel Gustafson, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism Vol. 42, No. 4 (April 2019) pp. 363-382
“How Human Boundaries Become State Borders: Radical Flanks and Territorial Control in the Modern Era,” with Ehud Eiran, Comparative Politics, Vol. 50, No. 4 (July 2018) pp. 479-499
“Old (Molotov) Cocktails in New Bottles? “Price-Tag” and Settler Violence in Israel and the West Bank,” with Ehud Eiran, Terrorism and Political Violence
“Know Thy Enemy: Education About Terrorism Improves Social Attitudes Toward Terrorists,” with Jordan Theriault and Liane Young, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Vol. 146, No. 3 (March 2017) pp. 305-317
“A State, an Insurgency, and a Revolution: Understanding and Defeating the Three Faces of ISIS,” in The Future of ISIS: Regional and International Implications, Sumit Ganguly and Feisal A.R. al-Istrabadi (eds.) (Washington, D.C: Brookings Institution Press, 2018)
“When Terrorism Works,” with Craig Noyes, The National Interest, July 8, 2015
"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
Analysis of the October 31, 2017 deadly attack in New York City and the challenge of vehicular terrorism, WGBH “Greater Boston" with Jim Braude, November 1, 2017
Reaction to President Trump’s Airstrikes in Syria, NBC-Boston with Joy Lim Nakrin and Shannon Mulaire, April 7, 2017
“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