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Martha Crenshaw
Martha Crenshaw

Martha Crenshaw

Terrorism Studies Expert & Author, “Explaining Terrorism”

Martha Crenshaw is a pioneer in terrorism studies. Her recent books include “Explaining Terrorism” and “Countering Terrorism.” Crenshaw is a senior fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University and a professor emerita of political science. 


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“Crenshaw said researchers and policymakers should "ask why some groups cause large numbers of civilian casualties and others do not, rather than assuming that religious beliefs are the explanation for lethality."

“With options limited for fighting terrorists, negotiations may be the best remaining alternative.”

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

“There is no tide of “violent extremism” associated with Islam and carried by immigrants that is sweeping the country. The perpetrators of violence are not representative of any community.”

Friday, June 17, 2016

“The second point to stress is that the U.S. government cannot control the overall response to terrorism. There are limits to what even a superpower can do when terrorism is rooted outside the scope of its authority or when terrorism comes from disgruntled individuals already inside the country who act erratically.”

“The Matthew B. Ridgway Center hosted terrorism experts Marc Sageman, M.D., PhD and Martha Crenshaw, PhD, for a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Michael Kenney on April 24, 2017 to discuss the policies and actions the U.S. can take to combat terrorism.”

“In this session titled "ISIL, Iran, and the Taliban: Assessing the Threats to American Security" moderator Brad Kapnick, a Partner at Katten & Temple, LLP, and SIEPR Advisory Board member, asks some tough questions of Scott Sagan, The Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science; Karl Eikenberry, a Consulting Professor at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; and Martha Crenshaw, a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.”

Martha Crenshaw discusses what causes terrorism. 

“Three founders of modern terrorism studies reflect on what the world has learned about political violence—and what remains unknown.”

Sunday, September 11, 2016