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

Benjamin J. Rhodes, the deputy national security advisor to President Obama, was the chief US negotiator in the secret... See more
The Arab Spring began three and a half years ago. Where will the revolutionary cycle be in a decade? Will Egypt be a... See more
Thomas Friedman in conversation with Salam Fayyad, Former Prime Minister, Palestinian National Authority. See more
Will Syria resolve itself?  Might Egypt erupt yet again into bloody conflict?  Might 2024 see  a peaceful resolution to... See more
After 40 years of largely cooperative Sino-US relations, policymakers, politicians, and pundits on both sides of the... See more
The South and East China Seas? Persian Gulf? North Korea? See more

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