Conversations with History: Institute
of International Studies, UC Berkeley
This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations
with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the
public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.
Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry
Kreisler of the Institute
of International Studies. Our guest today Robert A. Pape who's Professor of
Political Science at the University of Chicago, specializing in international
security affairs. His publications include Bombing to Win: Air Power, Coercion
and War, and most recently, Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide
- Background ... influence of parents ... education ... intellectual
mentors ... dissertation ... strategic air power
- Doing Social Science and International Relations
Theory ... importance
of independence of mind ... willingness to go into an uncharted area of
research ... community of scholar with a Darwinian ethos ... problem-oriented
approach to IR
- The Problem of Suicide Terrorism ...
identifying the problem after 9/11 ... collecting data ... who are they?
... finding their strategic goals ... link to extreme national liberation
movements ... weakness vis-à-vis the
occupier ... suicide terrorism as an action of last resort ... target is
democracies ... why Reagan left Lebanon after marines were killed ... democracies
weigh risk and respond ... role of religion ... mobilizing potential
- U.S. Policy and Suicide Terrorism ... the case of al Quaeda ...
short term and long term U. S. objectives ... offshore balancing and winding
down troops deployments ... impact of ideas on policy ... changing public
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