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The Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and The School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, present a panel discussion commemorating 9/11 and assessing ten years of research and policy on terrorism and counterterrorism.

Kimberly Marten on “What Social Science Research Tells Us About Terrorism”

Austin Long on “Afghanistan and the War on Terror”

Stuart Gottlieb on “The Threat and Response to Terrorism”

Page Fortna on “The Impact of Terrorism in Civil Wars”

Alexander Cooley on “Comparative Counterterrorism Policies of Russia, China, and the United States”

Introduction by Richard K. Betts, Director, SIWPS

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Kimberly Marten is Professor of Political Science and former department chair at Barnard College, and a member of the Institute at Columbia University. Her fourth book, Warlords: Strong-arm Brokers in Weak States, is forthcoming (May 2012) from the Cornell University Press Series on Studies in Security Affairs. The book investigates sovereignty and state failure in regions of the world ranging from the Pakistani tribal areas and Iraq, to post-Soviet Georgia and Russia’s Republic of Chechnya. Marten’s current research focuses on non-state militias, asking whether and how patronage-based forces can be transformed into impersonal and professional military and police organizations. Her goal is to apply historical experience to understand current cases, especially Afghanistan. She also has a continuing interest in the politics and security of Russia and the post-Soviet space, and serves on the Executive Committees of both the Harriman Institute at Columbia, and the Program on New Approaches to Research on Security in Eurasia (PONARS-Eurasia) based at the George Washington University. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Marten has authored three books: Enforcing the Peace: Learning from the Imperial Past (Columbia University Press, 2004);  Weapons, Culture, and Self-Interest: Soviet Defense Managers in the New Russia (Columbia University Press, 1997); and Engaging the Enemy: Organization Theory and Soviet Military Innovation, 1955-1991 (Princeton University Press, 1993), winner of the Marshall Shulman Prize. Her work has appeared in leading journals and newspapers such as International Security and The International Herald Tribune. Dr. Marten holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her courses include a colloquium on political violence and terrorism.


Austin Long is Assistant Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs and a member of the Institute at Columbia University.  His research interests include low-intensity conflict, intelligence, military operations, nuclear forces, military innovation, and the political economy of national security. Dr. Long worked previously as an Associate Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation where he authored reports for the Carnegie Corporation, Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  While at RAND, he also served in Iraq as an analyst and adviser to Multinational Force Iraq’s Task Force 134/Detention Operations and the I Marine Expeditionary Force.  Dr. Long has also served as a consultant to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory, Science Applications International Corporation, the Department of Defense’s Office of Net Assessment, and International Crisis Group. Long holds a B.S. from the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His courses include special operations low intensity conflict, method defense analysis, weapons of mass destruction and understanding intelligence operations.


Stuart Gottlieb is Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and an affiliate of the Institute at Columbia University. Dr. Gottlieb also holds a teaching position at New York University. Prior to joining SIPA in 2003, he worked for nearly five years in the United States Senate, first as senior foreign policy advisor to Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York and subsequently as policy advisor and chief speechwriter for Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut.  Dr. Gottlieb has also worked on several political campaigns, including New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani’s reelection campaign in 1997 and presidential campaign in 2008. Between 2003 and 2007 Dr. Gottlieb was a senior partner of Prides Crossing Executive Communication, LLC, a speechwriting and communications consulting firm based in New York City which he co-founded. His publication include an edited volume Debating Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Causes, Contexts and Responses (CQ Press, 2010), and “Change and Continuity in America’s Counterterrorism Strategy Under Obama” American Renewal? US Foreign Policy Today, eds. Steven W. Hook and James M. Scott (CQ Press, 2011). His work has appeared in leading journals and newspapers including Foreign Policy, The National Interest, and The New York Post. Dr. Gottlieb holds a B.A. in political science and journalism from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and two M.A.s and a Ph.D. in international relations from Columbia University.  His courses focus on U.S. foreign policy and terrorism.


Page Fortna is Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and a member of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies.  Her research focuses on the durability of peace in the aftermath of both civil and interstate wars, war termination, and terrorism. Dr. Fortna has authored two books: Does Peacekeeping Work? Shaping Belligerents Choices after Civil War (Princeton University Press, 2008) and Peace Time: Cease-Fire Agreements and the Durability of Peace (Princeton University Press, 2004), and has published articles in journals such as World Politics, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, and International Studies Review.  Dr. Fortna’s current research focuses on long-term historical trends in war termination, and terrorism in civil wars. She has been a Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a Visiting Fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, MA.  Before coming to Columbia, she was a pre-doctoral and then a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.  Prior to graduate school, she worked at the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington DC. Dr. Fortna holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her courses focus on international politics, war termination, cooperation and security, terrorism, and research methods.


Alexander A. Cooley is the Tow Professor for Distinguished Scholars and Practitioners in Political Science at Barnard College and a Member of the Institute.  His research examines how external actors have influenced the political development and sovereignty of the former Soviet states, with a focus on Central Asia and the Caucasus. His latest book, Great Games, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest for Central Asia, (forthcoming Oxford U. Press 2012) focuses on the dynamics of US-Russia-China relations in Central Asia from 2001-2011 including the regional politics of counter-terrorism and human rights. His previous book Logics of Hierarchy (Cornell University Press, 2005) was a co-winner of the 2006 Marshall Shulman Prize for an outstanding monograph on the international relations or foreign policy in a state of the former Soviet Union or Eastern Europe. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Cooley serves on the Board of Advisors of the Central Eurasia Project of the Open Society Foundations, the International Advisory Board of Central Asia Survey and has testified before the U.S. Congress about Central Asian issues. He has contributed policy-related articles and opinion pieces to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and The Washington Quarterly, and is a regular commentator for international media outlets on Eurasia-related topics.  His research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Open Society Institute, Carnegie Corporation, Smith Richardson Foundation and the German Marshall Fund of the United States, among others. Dr. Cooley holds an B.A. from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. A recipient of the Gladys Brooks Foundation Junior Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, his courses include international political economy and a research seminar in international politics.