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.
Articles and Monographs
- “ISIS Is More Than a Terrorist Group: The Case for Treating It Like a State Sponsor,” ForeignAffairs.com, March 23, 2016.
- “ISIS Is Not a Terrorist Group: Why Counterterrorism Won’t Stop the Latest Jihadist Threat,” Foreign Affairs, March/April 2015.
- “Hostage Negotiations and Other Talks with Terrorists: Price vs. Principle,” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Vol. XVI, No. 1 (Winter/Spring 2015), pp. 104-112.
- “The Foreign Policy Essay: Is this How to Win the ‘War on Terrorism?”Lawfare.com, 14 September 2014.
- “The ‘War on Terrorism’: What Does it Mean to Win?” Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 37, No. 2 (April 2014), pp. 174-197 (lead article).
- “Drones over Damascus: What Their Absence From the Syria Debate Means About Their Usefulness,” ForeignAffairs.com, 2 September 2013.
- “Why Drones Fail: When Tactics Drive Strategy,” Foreign Affairs, July/August 2013.
- “Thinking Long on Afghanistan: Could It Be Neutralized?” The Washington Quarterly, Vol. 36, No. 1 (Winter 2012/13), pp. 55-72.
- “How Global Communications are Changing the Character of War,” Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, vol. 14, no. 1 (Winter-Spring 2013), pp. 25-40.
- “Snap Judgments over Libyan Attacks Play into Hands of Terrorists,” Global Times (China), 16 September 2012 (co-author).
- “Politics, Strategy and the Haqqani Network,” Small Wars Journal, 6 September 2012.
- “Why Branding the Haqqanis Terrorists Was a Mistake: The Downsides of Making Policy During a Campaign,” ForeignAffairs.com, 11 September 2012.
- “U.S. Grand Strategy and Counterterrorism,” Orbis, Volume 56, No. 2 (Spring 2012), pp. 1-23.
- “The Politics of Naming and Shaming: Why the Haqqani Network is Not on the Foreign Terrorist Organizations List,” ForeignAffairs.com, 21 December 2011.
- “The Evolution of Counterterrorism: Will Tactics Trump Strategy?” International Affairs, Volume 86, No.4 (July 2010), pp. 837-856.
- “Law, War, and the Search for New Strategic Paradigms,” Journal of International Law and Commerce, Syracuse University College of Law, 37 Syracuse J. Int’l L. & Com. 23 (2009-2010).
- “No ‘Silver Bullets’: Explaining Research on How Terrorism Ends,” The CTC Sentinel (West Point Combating Terrorism Center), Vol. 3, No. 4 (April 2010), pp. 16-18.
- Negotiating with Groups that Use Terrorism: Lessons for Policy-makers, Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, Mediation Support Project, Oslo Forum, 2008.
- “How al-Qaeda Ends,” International Security, Vol. 31, No. 1 (Summer 2006), pp. 7-48 (lead article.)
- “Cybermobilization: The New Levee en Masse,” Parameters, Vol. 36, No. 2 (Summer 2006), pp. 77-87.
- “Behind the Curve: Globalization and International Terrorism,” International Security, Vol. 27, No. 3 (Winter 2002/2003), pp. 30-58.
- “Rethinking Sovereignty: American Strategy in the Age of Terrorism,” Survival, Vol. 44, No. 2 (Summer 2002), pp. 119-139.
- “The Diplomacy of Counterterrorism: Lessons Learned, Ignored and Disputed,” United States Institute of Peace Special Report (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Institute of Peace, 2002).
- Ending Terrorism: Lessons for Defeating al-Qaeda, IISS Adelphi Paper Series, Routledge, 2008.
- Attacking Terrorism: Elements of a Grand Strategy, (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2004; second printing 2005).
Major Congressional Reports
- Foreign Terrorist Organizations, CRS Report for Congress, RL32223, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, February 2004. (Established this project and directed a staff of three.)
- The ‘FTO’ List and Congress: Sanctioning Designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations, CRS Report for Congress, RL32120, October 2003. [Also published in Edward Linden, Focus on Terrorism (Nova 2006).]
- Terrorists and Suicide Attacks, CRS Report for Congress, RL32058, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, August 2003. [Also published in Edward V. Linden, Focus on Terrorism (Nova 2006).]
- Al Qaeda after the Iraq Conflict, CRS Report for Congress, RS21529, Cingressional Research Service, Library of Congress, May 2003. [Also published in Lawrence J. Bevy, Al-Qaeda: An Organization to be Reckoned With (Nova 2006).]
- Terrorist Motivations for Chemical and Biological Weapons Use: Placing the Threat in Context, CRS Report for Congress, RL31831, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, March 2003.
- “The Changing Face of Warfare in the 21st Century,” Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 18 August 2015.
- “Blood Year: Correspondence,” Quarterly Essay, Issue 59 (2015), pp. 128-132.
- “A New Model of Defense Cooperation,” (co-author) War on the Rocks, 5 March 2015.
- “Negotiating with Terrorists: Tactics and Strategy,” Fair Observer, 3 September 2014.
- “Terrorism,” The Best Five Books on Anything, 27 April 2010.
- “Al –Qaeda: An Idea, Not a Cult,” The Guardian (London), 30 November 2009.
- “Conception, Criticism, Contribution: Advancing the Research Agenda,” Critical Studies on Terrorism, Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2009), pp. 359-360.
- “Commentary: Al Qaeda’s Support is Fading,” CNN.com, 6 October 2009.
- “Al-Qaeda: End of the Beginning,” openDemocracy.net, 9 November 2007.
- “Terrorist Motivations for Chemical and Biological Weapons Use,” Defense and Security Analysis, Vol. 20, No. 4 (December 2004), pp. 21-37.
- “Innovations in Twenty-first Century Terrorism,” Oxford Forum, November 2005.
- “Chemical and Biological Weapons: Understanding Terrorist Motivations,” Swords and Ploughshares, Vol. XVI, No. 3 (Winter 2004/5).
- “Chechen Women: Menace and Desperation,” SIPA News, Columbia University School of Public and International Affairs, Spring 2005.
- “Terrorism’s Lesson Plan,” CSIS Strategy Report, No. 7, September 2004 (coauthor).
- “What War on Terrorism? China’s PLA is Still Fixated on Taiwan,” The Washington Times, 30 July 2002.
- “Terrorism–War’s Other Name,” Joint Force Quarterly, Autumn/Winter 2001/2002.
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.