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Jacob N. Shapiro


Jacob N. Shapiro is Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. His primary research interests are the organizational aspects of terrorism, insurgency, and security policy. Shapiro’s ongoing projects study the causes of support for militancy in Islamic countries, the relationship between public goods provision and insurgent violence in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the relationship between aid and political violence. His research has been published inInternational Security, International Studies Quarterly, Foreign Policy, Military Operations Research, and a number of edited volumes. Shapiro directs the Princeton Project on Governance, Development, and Political Violence. He is a Harmony Fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center at the United States Military Academy and served in the US. Navy and Naval Reserve. Ph.D. Political Science, M.A. Economics, Stanford University. B.A. Political Science, University of Michigan.

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Analysis and Commentary

How Empirical Studies Of Political Violence (Can) Help Policymakers

by Dr. Joseph Felter , Eli Berman, Jacob N. Shapiro, Ethan B. Kapsteinvia Washington Post
Monday, March 16, 2015

In a recent New York Times opinion piece, “Where Terrorism Research Goes Wrong,” social psychologist Anthony Biglan argues that, given the importance of antiterrorism programs and the huge resources devoted to them, far too few are subjected to randomized controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating their efficacy.

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Analysis and Commentary

Aid For Peace

by Eli Berman, Dr. Joseph Felter , Jacob N. Shapirovia Foreign Affairs
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The future of humanitarian assistance and security policy in chaotic places such as Syria and Iraq could rest on a single question: Does aid in conflict zones promote peace or war? It seems intuitive to assume that hunger and exposure push people to violence and that aid should, therefore, lead to peace.