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

Ashraf Ghani, former Finance Minister of Afghanistan, and Hamed Wardak, founder of a nonaligned political movement with... See more
Former Health and Human Services Secretary and 2008 presidential candidate Tommy G. Thompson explains his idea of "... See more
Education is an essential building block to eradicate hunger and poverty. To date, no single developed country has been... See more
The Middle East is changing on virtually all fronts. Each one of these changes poses significant challenges for the... See more
Lord John Alderdice, a psychoanalytic psychiatrist and a life member of the British House of Lords, will draw on his... See more
In 2008, Israel will commemorate its 60th year as an independent state. Has the Israel of today fulfilled most of its... See more

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