Jihadi Culture

THIS book is a collection of studies about the cultural practices of jihadis and poses the important question of why these fighters spend so much time on rituals, music, films, …

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Q&A: Why Young Syrians Choose to Fight

Caroline Brooks is the director of the Syria Program for International Alert – a peace-building organization based in the UK. She works with partners and communities affected by violence at …

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Beyond Culture

If one is working on a project with Israelis and Palestinians, and an email is sent to ten colleagues from each side, nine out of 10 Israelis will rapidly answer, …

Conditioning: The Deep Undercurrent

We’ve discussed how unmet human needs can block success in political negotiations, and how cult behaviour can fuel extremism. We’d also like to point out another critical dimension that can …

Joining the Cosmic Struggle

In a previous post entitled ‘Human Needs and the Lure of Extremism,’ we asserted that the appeal of militant groups (like ISIS) stems from their ability to provide for the unmet …