Scott Atran is a director of research in anthropology at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris, senior research rellow at Oxford University, and presidential scholar at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. He has studied and written about terrorism, violence, and religion, and has done fieldwork with terrorists and Islamic fundamentalists, as well as political leaders.

Mind Games

The West has failed utterly to understand the appeal of the ISIS narrative, much less to develop effective counternarratives.