Visions of Gulf Security POMEPS Studies 7 — March 25, 2014 The turbulence in Gulf security politics today is difficult to miss: unusually sharp public splits in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), rising sectarian tensions, tough moves against the Muslim
Do average citizens from Muslim countries support suicide bombings, or does support for such attacks vary according to education and income? Shafiq and Sinno address these questions in their article “Education, Income, and Support for Suicide Bombings: Evidence from Six
What lessons about state-building and counterinsurgency can be applied to U.S. efforts in Iraq? To answer this question, Roger Myerson’s June 2009 article in the Journal of Conflict Resolution examines the assumptions about state-building implicit in the U.S. Army’s Counterinsurgency
Petrostates are more likely than other states to engage in militarized interstate disputes (MIDs). What explains this correlation? In the fall 2010 issue of International Organization, Jeff Colgan challenges the conventional notion that petrostates are targeted by other countries and
What if the inclination of a terrorist group to adopt suicide bombing as a tactic is determined less by individual motivation, and more by organizational capacity and external linkages? In other words, direct and indirect diffusion may best explain why
From Algeria to Afghanistan, Sri Lanka to Chechnya, violence by nationalist actors has become increasingly popular. However, many nationalist actors chose peaceful forms of mobilization instead. Understanding why some peaceful actors begin to use violence and others do not is
Are democratizing states more likely to be war-prone? In a 2010 article in Security Studies, Evan Braden Montgomery and Stacie L. Pettyjohn answer this question in the affirmative, but not because of the conventional mechanisms detailed by political scientists. In
While some view the rise of free trade zones in the Persian Gulf starting in the 1970s as the inevitable advance of neoliberalism, Arang Keshavarzian astutely links it to the logic of state formation in a rapidly changing geostrategic environment.