Dr. Max Abrahms’ research focus is international security, especially terrorism. He is assistant professor of political science and public policy at Northeastern University, a member at the Council on Foreign Relations, a visiting fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, a senior fellow at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, and a board member at the Center for the Study of Terrorism in Rome and on the journal Terrorism and Political Violence. Abrahms has published in many journals such as International Organization, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, Security Studies, and Harvard Business Review. Abrahms is also a frequent terrorism analyst in the media, especially on the consequences of terrorism, its motives, and the implications for counterterrorism strategy. Previously, he has been awarded fellowships and financial backing from the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, the Empirical Studies of Conflict project at Princeton University and Stanford University, the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College, the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point Military Academy, the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University, the economics department at Bar Ilan University, the political science department at Johns Hopkins University, and the Belfer Center at Harvard University.
- “The Credibility Paradox: Violence as a Double-Edged Sword in International Politics,” International Studies Quarterly (December 2013).
- “The Political Effectiveness of Non-State Violence: A Two-Level Framework to Transform a Deceptive Debate,” H-Diplo/ISSF Response to Peter Krause (July 2013).
- “Bottom of the Barrel: Today’s Terrorists Aren’t Sophisticated,” Foreign Policy (April 2013).
- “Few Bad Men: Why America Doesn’t Really Have a Terrorism Problem,” Foreign Policy (April 2013).
- “The Political Effectiveness of Terrorism Revisited,” Comparative Political Studies (March 2012).
- “Does Terrorism Really Work? Evolution in the Conventional Wisdom since 9/11,” Defence and Peace Economics (December 2011).
- “What Terrorists Really Want: Terrorist Motives and Counterterrorism Strategy,” International Security, Vol. 32, No. 4 (Spring 2008).
- [Reprinted in Patrick H. O’Neil and Ronald Rogowski, eds., Essential Readings in Comparative Politics, 4th ed. (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2012); and
- “Why Democracies Make Superior Counterterrorists,” Security Studies, Vol. 16, No. 2 (Spring 2007).
- “Why Terrorism Does Not Work,” International Security, Vol. 31, No. 2 (Fall 2006).
- [Reprinted in Jack Snyder and Karen Mingst, eds., Essential Readings in World Politics, 3rd ed. (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2007)].
- “Al-Qaeda’s Scorecard: A Progress Report on Al-Qaeda’s Objectives,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Vol. 29, No. 5 (July-August 2006).
Term Member at Council on Foreign Relations, 2013-2018