My name is Dr. Robert Pape and I had the honor of speaking to all of you at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City last month. My work as a researcher of terrorism and violence often exposes me to some of the worst of what the world has to offer and it was a wonderful privilege to look out at an audience of 10,000 people instead determined to see the world at its best.
I am the director of the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism at the University of Chicago where I conduct grant-based terrorism research for the Department of Defense, the Office of Naval Research and the Carnegie Corporation of New York
This work is spreading the word about how to actually fight terrorism. For too long, we have relied on the false impression that we are in a war against Islam. Instead data from thousands of attacks around the world shows that foreign occupation, not religion, is the key driver for suicide terrorism.
I am including:
- a transcript of the speech I delivered at the Parliament Plenary | Download Here >
- a pdf of a recent editorial published in the Chicago Tribune | Download Here >
- the first chapter of my latest book, Cutting the Fuse. | Download Here >
Above all, please speak to those around you, including your family, friends, and colleagues about what you see as the best way forward. If each of us would tell three people and they in turn would tell three more, we could avoid the mistakes of the past.
Dr. Robert Pape