Terrorism and Insurgency Research


My research examines how foreign intervention affects the conflict dynamics between states and violent non-state actors. More recently, I am examining American foreign policy behavior during the ‘War on Terror’, alliances between militant groups, and when extremists rise in response to negotiation between states and militant groups.


  • Elena McLean, Kaisa Hinkkainen, Luis de la Calle, and Navin Bapat. 2018. Economic Sanctions and the Dynamics of Terrorist Campaigns. Conflict Management and Peace Science 35(4): 378-401.
  • Rebecca Best and Navin Bapat. 2018. Bargaining with Insurgencies in the Shadow of Infighting. Journal of Global Security Studies 3(1): 23-37.
  • Navin A. Bapat and Sean Zeigler. 2016. Terrorism, Dynamic Commitment Problems, and Military Conflict. American Journal of Political Science 60(2): 337-351.
  • Navin A. Bapat, Luis de la Calle, Kaisa Hinkkainen, and Elena McLean. 2016. Economic Sanctions, Transnational Terrorism, and the Incentive to Misrepresent. Journal of Politics 78(1): 249-264.
  • Navin A. Bapat. 2014. The Escalation of Terrorism: Micro-level Violence and Interstate Conflict. International Interactions 40: 568-578.
  • Navin A. Bapat and Kanisha D. Bond. 2012. Alliances Between Militant Groups. British Journal of Political Science 42(4): 793-824.
  • Navin A. Bapat. 2012. Understanding State Sponsorship of Militant Groups. British Journal of Political Science 42(1): 1-29.
  • Navin A. Bapat. 2011. Terrorism, Democratization, and U.S. Foreign Policy Public Choice 149(3): 315-335.
  • Navin A. Bapat. 2011. Transnational Terrorism, U.S. Military Aid, and the Incentive to Misrepresent. Journal of Peace Research 48(3): 303-318.Appendix
  • Navin A. Bapat. 2010. A Game Theoretic Analysis of the Afghan Surge. Foreign Policy Analysis 6(3): 217-236.
  • Navin A. Bapat. 2007. The Internationalization of Terrorist Campaigns. Conflict Management and Peace Science 24(4): 265-280.
  • Navin A. Bapat, Daniel Ertley, Chansonette Hall, and Mark Lancaster. 2007. Perfect Allies? The Case of Iraq and al Qaeda. International Studies Perspectives 8(3): 272-286.
  • Navin A. Bapat. 2006. State Bargaining with Transnational Terrorist Groups. International Studies Quarterly 50(2): 215-232
  • Navin A. Bapat. 2005. Insurgency and the Opening of Peace Processes. Journal of Peace Research 42(6): 699-717.

Working Papers

  • Racial Terrorism, Social Privilege, and Economic Security (with Carmen Huerta)
  • In Defense of Privilege: Understanding Rightist Terrorism (with Carmen Huerta)
  • Economic Sanctions and Strategic Target Aggression (with Menevis Cilizoglu)
  • Terrorism and Political Opportunism (with Daniel Gustafson and Rob Williams)