Peter Krause’s research and teaching focus on international security, Middle East politics, terrorism and political violence, nationalism, and rebels and revolution. He has recently published one book and two co-edited volumes Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win (Cornell University Press, 2017), Coercion: The Power to Hurt in International Politics (Oxford University Press, 2018), and Stories From the Field: A Guide to Navigating Fieldwork in Political Science (Columbia University Press, 2020). He has published articles on the causes and effectiveness of terrorism and political violence, why states negotiate with ethno-political organizations, social movements and territorial control in Israel, 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, a reassessment of U.S. operations at Tora Bora in 2001, and field research amidst COVID-19.
Krause has conducted extensive fieldwork throughout the Middle East. He currently teaches courses on Middle East politics, terrorism and political violence, research methods, and international relations. 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 Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs of the Harvard Kennedy School, the Crown Center for Middle East Studies of Brandeis University, LUISS University, and Uppsala University.
“COVID-19 and Fieldwork: Challenges and Solutions” with Ora Szekely and 11 others, PS: Political Science and Politics, Vol. 54, No. 2 (April 2021) pp. 264-269
“You Can’t Get There From Here: Biden Negotiating the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” Political Violence @ a Glance, March 2, 2021
Stories From the Field: A Guide to Navigating Fieldwork in Political Science, co-edited with Ora Szekely (New York: Columbia University Press, 2020)
“Navigating Born and Chosen Identities in Fieldwork,” in Stories From the Field: A Guide to Navigating Fieldwork in Political Science, Peter Krause and Ora Szekely (eds.) (New York: Columbia University Press, 2020)
“The Dilemma for Rebel Leaders: Power or Victory?,” Manara, No. 3, Cambridge Middle East and North Africa Forum, December 2020
“The Two Faces of Kurdistan: Nationalism vs. Communalism,” with Sam Biasi, Political Violence @ a Glance, August 20, 2020
“Yemen’s Proxy Wars Explained,” with Tyler Parker, Political Violence @ a Glance, March 26, 2020
“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)
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