Department or Program

Political Science

Primary Wellesley Thesis Advisor

Professor Paul K. MacDonald


The effectiveness of drone strikes as a counterterrorism measure is the core of U.S policymakers’ arguments for their continued use. With Yemen becoming a critical topic of national security due to the growing strength of al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP), an assessment about the effectiveness of drone strikes should allow for officials and critics alike to evaluate the tradeoffs associated with drone warfare. This thesis studies the impact of US counterterrorism policy on AQAP violence using regression analysis and qualitative methods.