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Martha Crenshaw

Professor Martha Crenshaw (Stanford University) agreed to inaugurate the GPPAG Seminars on Governance, Security, and Policy. She came to the NPS campus on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 and gave a public lecture and a specialty research seminar.

Is terrorism a calculated strategy or the product of circumstances?  Is it goal-oriented or inner-directed?  Martha Crenshaw argued that terrorism is a deliberate choice and that it serves to set a political agenda, undermine authority, provoke over-reaction, mobilize support, and coerce compliance.  "Success" in achieving these goals is not required.   Nor is the pursuit of these objectives incompatible with organizational maintenance.

This seminar series is a once-a-term event aimed to connect NPS colleagues with research and policy thought leaders on issues of global governance, security, and policy.

Martha Crenshaw is a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, as well as Professor of Political Science by courtesy, at Stanford University.  She is also Professor of Government Emerita at Wesleyan University, where she taught from 1974 to 2007. She is a lead investigator with the National Center for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism (NC-START) at the University of Maryland, funded by the Department of Homeland Security.  In 2009 she received an award from the National Science Foundation/Department of Defense Minerva Initiative for research on "mapping terrorist organizations."  She is a member of the World Economic Forum's Network of Global Agenda Councils for 2010-2011. She is a prolific researcher and author, and recently edited The Consequences of Counterterrorism (Russell Sage Foundation, 2010).  Explaining Terrorism, a collection of her work since 1972, was recently published by Routledge.

Click here for Martha Crenshaw's bio.

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