Robert Pape’s insights into the causes of suicide terrorism, including 9-11

Robert Pape is/was an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and founder of Chicago Project. Shortly after 9-11 he began compiling the worlds only comprehensive database of all known suicide terrorists. He has spoke before Congress and the Department of Defense on insights he has gathered from his data. He has written 2 books that I know of on the subject which I admit I have not read. This post is sort of a note-to-self in some regards as I have not yet watched all four parts in this series. I know just enough about his findings to know that I want to know more. I’m posting all four videos here for easy watching later for myself as well as anyone else who is interested.

If you want the abridged version, here is a 28 minute interview where Pape discusses his book “Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism“, including the profile of suicide terrorists, their goals, and his ideas on effective means of combating suicide terrorism in the Middle East.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four



Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism

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