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

With two hot wars, plus what’s going on with Libya and our own domestic economic woes, we face some very big challenges... See more
Has promoting democracy around the globe made us safer? Are we living the values of our government if we don't stand up... See more
From Morocco to Pakistan to India, a look at al Qaeda and the broader threat of terrorism today. Is bin Laden's death... See more
It's been 10 years since the attacks on September 11, 2001. It hasn't happened again — why? What have we learned from a... See more
Thomas L. Friedman and Leon Wieseltier discuss the future of Israel including the important September vote which will... See more
In the wake of the incredible changes across the Arab world, Nicholas Burns, director of the Aspen Strategy Group,... See more

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