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

For more than a decade, Laura Bush has led efforts to protect the hard-earned rights of women in Afghanistan. The... See more
Disaster in Syria and increasing instability in Iraq, Libya, and Yemen will continue to fuel a refugee crisis that is... See more
This session will inhabit a number of angles to examine the Syrian Civil War, a conflict that’s left one in ten Syrians... See more
How can we break the Islamic State’s brand? How far does Putin’s media machine reach? How will China grapple with... See more
Despite some frontline successes and territorial reclamations, the destruction of organizational assets, and the death... See more
As a ceasefire between Ukraine and Russia wearily sustains, Ukraine’s government still feels the two-year-old burn of... See more

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