What Turns a Skater Kid from Colorado into a Fighter for ISIS?

Tens of thousands of men and women have left comfortable, privileged lives to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—and kill for it. The highest-ranking American currently fighting for ISIS is John Georgelas, a Texan whose dad was a US Air Force colonel. Who are the Westerners who join ISIS? Where do they come from? What do they believe? And most importantly, what can we do to stop them?

Festival: Aspen Ideas 2017

Watch and Listen: Middle East

Most of us probably harbor preconceived notions about refugees. Maybe it’s a misunderstanding about what drove them... See more
This talk rethinks refugees as a potential economic benefit to the societies that host them, rather than simply passive... See more
John Dickerson and former CIA director, retired Army General David Petraeus, take a tour of the unprecedented threats... See more
Tens of thousands of men and women have left comfortable, privileged lives to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—... See more
Ambassador Wendy Sherman, lead negotiator of the Iran nuclear deal, shares takeaways from her experiences working the... See more
What do today's Republicans believe America's role in the world should be? The GOP's presumptive nominee... See more

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