Dr. Max Abrahms is assistant professor of political science and public policy at Northeastern University. He has published extensively on terrorism with articles in International Organization, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, Comparative Political Studies, Harvard Business Review, Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, and Los Angeles Times. At Northeastern, Abrahms teaches undergraduate and graduate courses about terrorism and international security more generally. Previously, he has been awarded fellowships and other research positions at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, the Empirical Studies of Conflict project at Princeton University, the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College, the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point Military Academy, the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University, the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University, the economics department at Bar Ilan University, the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi, the political science department at Johns Hopkins University, the Belfer Center at Harvard University, and the Council on Foreign Relations. His new book, Rules for Rebels, explains why the conventional wisdom about Islamic State was incorrect.
University of California-Los Angeles
- International Security
- Terrorism and Counterterrorism
- Abrahms, M. and Conrad, J. “The Strategic Logic of Credit Claiming: A New Theory for Anonymous Attacks.” Security Studies 26, no. 2 (2017): 279-304.
- Abrahms, M. and Mierau, J. “Leadership Matters: The Effects of Targeted Killings on Militant Group Tactics.” Terrorism and Political Violence 29, no. 5 (2017): 830-851.
- Abrahms, M., Beauchamp, N., and Mroszczyk, J. “What Terrorist Leaders Want: A Content Analysis of Terrorist Propaganda Videos.” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 40, no. 11 (2017): 899-916.
- Abrahms, M., Sullivan, D., and Simpson, C. “Five Myths about Syrian Refugees.” Foreign Affairs (March 2017): Online.
- Abrahms, M. and Potter, B.K. “Explaining Terrorism: Leadership Deficits and Militant Group Tactics,” International Organization69, no. 2 (2015): 311-342.
- Abrahms, M. “The Credibility Paradox: Violence as a Double-Edged Sword in International Politics.” International Studies Quarterly 57, no. 4 (2013): 660-671.
- Abrahms, M. “What Terrorists Really Want: Terrorist Motives and Counterterrorism Strategy.” International Security 32, no. 4 (2008): 78-105.
- Abrahms, M. “Why Terrorism Does Not Work.” International Security 31, no. 2 (2006): 42-78.
- Term Member at Council on Foreign Relations, 2013-2018