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Scholarly Publications

"New Missions, New Challenges, 2005-2008" (chapter in the book Truth to Power)

July 2019

Truth to Power, the first-ever history of the U.S. National Intelligence Council (NIC), is told through the reflections of its eight Chairs in the period from the end of the Cold War until 2017.

Reactions to Terror Attacks: A Heuristic Model

March 2019

What are the signature features of the reactions of mass publics to terrorist attacks?

Constructing the Field of Terrorism

March 2019

Abstract: This chapter reviews the evolution of Martha Crenshaw’s interests in and approaches to researching terrorism, a trajectory that begins in the 1960s and extends to the present.

Other Publications

Artificial Intelligence and Counterterrorism: Possibilities and Limitations

June 2019

Prepared Written Testimony and Statement for the Record of Alexander Stamos, Director, Stanford Internet Observatory before The U.S.

Spies, Lies, and Algorithms: Why U.S. Intelligence Agencies Must Adapt or Fail

May 2019

For U.S. intelligence agencies, the twenty-first century began with a shock, when 19 al Qaeda operatives hijacked four planes and perpetrated the deadliest attack ever on U.S. soil.

Jihadist Terrorist Plots in the United States

December 2017

Research brief: How plots come to fail or to be foiled is of great importance to the study of terrorism and to the development of counterterrorism policy.

News

In First-Ever History of the National Intelligence Council, Thomas Fingar Recounts His Tenure as Chair

July 2019

Formed in 1979, the National Intelligence Council (NIC) works to provide policymakers with the U.S. intelligence community’s best judgments on crucial international issues.

President Trump says he’ll pull US troops out of Syria. Now what?

December 2018

Q&A with Martha Crenshaw, a senior fellow at FSI’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.

The U.S. drone war in Pakistan revisited

November 2018

Many analysts, practitioners, and scholars are skeptical of the efficacy of drone strikes for counterterrorism, suggesting that they provide short-term gains at best and are counterproductive at...

Events

Countering nuclear terrorism: Can the United Nations deliver?

December 18, 2017

Abstract: It has been more than a decade since the UN Security Council enacted Resolution 1540—the most far-reaching of international instruments to counter Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)...

The moderates’ dilemma: obstacles to mobilization against Islamist extremism

August 29, 2017

Abstract: Why do moderate majorities often fail to coordinate opposition to extremist minorities?

A Conversation with General Michael Hayden

April 27, 2017

About the Event: In conversation with Philip Taubman, General Hayden will discuss intelligence and cybersecurity challenges the United States faces in combatting terrorism, dealing with North Korea...

Projects

Empirical Studies of Conflict

The Empirical Studies of Conflict Project (ESOC) addresses critical challenges to international security through methodologically rigorous, evidence-based analyses of insurgency, civil war and...
English

Enhancing Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540

In Resolution 1540, the United Nations Security Council, acting under its Chapter VII power to adopt measures that are legally binding on all U.N.
English

Managing Global Insecurity Project (MGI)

Nearly 20 years into the post-cold war era, the existing multilateral architecture of international organizations, treaties, and alliances shows signs of acute distress.
English

Multimedia

Cybersecurity

May 2018

Data breaches. Malware. Theft of corporate secrets. Hacking of elections. As the world’s information has moved more and more online, so have the world’s crime, terrorists, and clandestine operations.

Terrorism and Counterterrorism

July 2016

Stanford Professor Martha Crenshaw is a renowned expert in terrorism studies and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

Syria Today, Syria Tomorrow: Politics, Security, and Society

November 2015

Abstract:The Syrian crisis continues to grind on without a viable settlement to the conflict in sight.

People

Amy Zegart Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Martha Crenshaw Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Joseph Felter Senior Research Scholar
Gail W. Lapidus Senior Fellow, Emerita Professor, Political Science, Emerita
Jason Reinhardt Affiliate
Betsy Cooper Betsy Cooper Affiliate
Sarah Shirazian Sarah Shirazyan Affiliate
David Elliott Affiliate
Brian Fishman Brian Fishman Affiliate
Anne Clunan Anne Clunan Affiliate