Events Archive

March 3, 2011
Special Guest Speaker
Cutting the Fuse: Moving Beyond the War on Terror

Speaker: Professor Robert Pape, University of Chicago
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN
Contact: Shaun Ingram at 317-278-4789 or

5:30 pm: Lecture in the Wynne Courtroom (Room 100)
6:45 pm: Reception in the Conour Atrium
1.3 Hours of Indiana CLE credit available (no fee, registration required)


Professor Robert PapeProfessor Robert Pape, an expert in international security, will speak at the law school on March 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the Wynne Courtroom. Pape is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. His recent book, Cutting the Fuse, published in October of 2010, offers a wealth of new knowledge about the origins of suicide terrorism and strategies to stop it. In the book, Professor Pape, along with his co-author, James K. Feldman, and the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism, examine every suicide terrorist attack worldwide from 1980 to 2009, nearly 2200 attacks in all. Their work fundamentally changes how we understand the root causes of the most important terrorist campaigns today and reveals that America's "War on Terror" has been frustrating and at times counterproductive.

Professor Pape’s other publications include Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism (Random House 2005); Bombing to Win: Air Power and Coercion in War (Cornell 1996), "Why Economic Sanctions Do Not Work," International Security (1997), "The Determinants of International Moral Action," International Organization (1999); "The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism," American Political Science Review (2003); and "Soft Balancing against the United States," International Security (2005).

His commentary on international security policy has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, New Republic, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, as well as on Nightline, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and National Public Radio. Before coming to Chicago in 1999, he taught international relations at Dartmouth College for five years and air power strategy for the USAF's School of Advanced Airpower Studies for three years. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Chicago in 1988 and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pittsburgh in 1982. His current work focuses on the causes of suicide terrorism and the politics of unipolarity.

Co-sponsored by the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA)

Parking will be available in the Inlow Hall garage on a first come, first served basis.