The Obama administration has adopted a new policy toward terrorism,
rejecting the "war on terror" for a more nuanced approach. Is the new
strategy likely to be more effective than the old in destroying Al
Qaida and preventing future violence from extremists?
Martha Crenshaw is a senior fellow at the Center for
International Security and Cooperation and the Freeman Spogli
Institute, and professor of political science (by courtesy). Her
current research focuses on why the United States is the target of
terrorism, the effectiveness of counter terrorism policies, and mapping
terrorist organizations. Professor Crenshaw served on the Executive
Board of Women in International Security and chaired the American
Political Science Association (APSA) Task Force on Political Violence
and Terrorism. She was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2005-2006. Her edited
book, The Consequences of Counterterrorism in Democracies, is being published by the Russell Sage Foundation.