What Makes a Terrorist?

Changes in patterns of recruitment to ISIS show that profiles of recruits reveal more about changes in conflict dynamics than about the psychological vulnerabilities of certain demographics. Even when we focus on a narrow range of times and locations it is hard to detect a pattern among recruits to ISIS or al-Qaeda. But field studies show that it is the combination of holding a sacred value and being closely connected with your group of friends that motivates people to fight and die for their values.


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