Suicide Attack Database
Fig. 1. Courtesy of CPOST, 2010.

The Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism (CPOST) newly updated its online Suicide Attack Database. The team is directed by Robert A. Pape from the University of Chicago, who recently presented his findings, based on data produced by a six-year study of suicide terrorist attacks around the world, at the conference Cutting the Fuse: Moving Beyond the War on Terror at the Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on October 12, 2010. He argued that the suicide terrorism was essentially driven by lengthy military occupations rather than a religious motivation. The video of his speech is available via C-SPAN.

The official information on the database at the CPOST website says:

The Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism maintains a searchable database on all suicide attacks from 1981 to 2007 and additional years will be added. The database includes information about the location of attacks, the target type, the weapon used, and systematic information on the demographic and general biographical characteristics of suicide attackers. The database expands the breadth of the data available in English using native language sources (e.g., Arabic, Hebrew, Russian, Tamil) that are likely to have the most extensive relevant information.

The database also includes a map of all suicide attacks from 1980-2009.

Suicide Attack Database
Fig. 2. Courtesy of CPOST, 2010.

In his article It's the Occupation, Stupid for Foreign Policy, Robert A. Pape highlights the results of his team's research and suggests a new policy of offshore balancing which should replace the current policy of military presence in hot spot areas.

His findings are also coming out in a book, co-authored with James Feldman, called "Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It" published by University Of Chicago Press.