About the Author

ANew York Times shortly after 9/11. In addition to her academic expertise, she has served periodically in the U.S. government, including positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, and the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. She regularly consults with agencies in both the Executive and Legislative branches.

Dr. Cronin completed the book How Terrorism Ends while on the faculty at Oxford. She also wrote Ending Terrorism:A Strategy for Defeating Al-Qaeda, a policy-oriented Adelphi Paper (monograph) published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies in April 2008. She has a longstanding interest in the question of how conflicts end and wrote her first book on the negotiations over Austria following the Second World War (Great Power Politics and the Struggle over Austria, 1945-1955). Other recent publications include “How Al-Qaida Ends,” International Security (Summer 2006); “Cybermobilization: The New Levee en Masse,” Parameters(Summer 2006); “Behind the Curve: Globalization and International Terrorism,” International Security (Winter 2002/2003); and “Rethinking Sovereignty: American Strategy in the Age of Terrorism,” Survival (Summer 2002). Major studies for Congress include Designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations (2004), and Al Qaeda after the Iraq Conflict (2003), and Terrorists and Suicide Attacks (2003). She also lately producedAttacking Terrorism: Elements of a Grand Strategy (Georgetown University Press, 2004), an edited volume that examines the full range of policy instruments for effective counterterrorism.

Dr. Cronin graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and held a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. She was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University, where she captained the first women’s rowing team for St. Antony’s College.

Selected Publications

Articles and Monographs


Major Congressional Reports


 Select Book Chapters

  • “The ‘War on Terrorism’: What does it mean to win?” Chapter 14 of Assessing the War on Terror: Western and Middle Eastern Perspectives, edited by Charles Webel and Mark Tomass (London and New York: Routledge, 2017).
  • “The Neutralization of Afghanistan,” Sustainable National Security Strategy, edited by Jeremi Suri and Benjamin Valentino, funded by the Tobin Project, Cambridge, Massachusetts (forthcoming Oxford University Press, 2016).
  • “How and Why Do Terrorist Campaigns End?” Illusions of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, Proceedings of the British Academy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming late 2015).
  • “The Strategic Implications of Targeted Drone Strikes for U.S. Global Counterterrorism,” The Ethical, Strategic and Legal Implications of Drone Warfare, edited by David Cortright (University of Chicago Press, 2015).
  • “Nonstate Actors,” Chapter 8 of Iran and Its Neighbors: Regional Implications for U.S. Policy of a Nuclear Agreement, published by the Iran Project, New York, New York, September 2014, pp. 69-76.
  • “Surrender and Suicide Terrorism,” Why Fighting Ends: A History of Surrender (Oxford:  Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2010).
  • “What is Really Changing?  Change and Continuity in Global Terrorism,” The Changing Character of War (Oxford:  Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2010).
  • “Thinking Strategically about al-Qaeda,” Global Strategic Assessment 2009:  America’s Security Role in a Changing World (Washington, D.C.:  NDU Press, 2009).
  • “How Terrorist Campaigns End,” Chapter One in Leaving Terrorism Behind: Individual and Collective Disengagement, edited by Tore Bjørgo and John Horgan (Routledge, 2008).
  • “The Role of the Modern State in the Demise of Terrorism,” Counterterrorism:  Democracy’s Challenge, edited by Andrea Bianchi and Alexis Keller (Oxford:  Hart Publishing, 2008).
  • “Studies in Counterterrorism:  Russia and Chechnya,” Democracy and Counterterrorism:  Lessons from the Past, edited by Robert J. Art and Louise Richardson (Washington, D.C.:  United States Institute of Peace, 2007), pp. 383-424.
  • “Transnational Terrorist Organizations and Security,” Grave New World: Global Dangers in the 21st Century, edited by Michael Brown (Washington, D.C.:  Georgetown University Press, 2003), pp. 279-301.
  • “Globalization, Sovereignty and Terrorism,” Chapter One of World Politics after 9-11 and East Asia (Seoul:  The Korean Political Science Association, 2003), pp. 3-19.