CRIC Publications

Paramilitary disbandment strategy panel unveiled – BBC News
A panel has been appointed to develop proposals for a strategy to disband Northern Ireland paramilitary groups. December 17, 2015.


El antropólogo del IS
Luis Quevado interviews Scott Atran about the Islamic State for El Mundo, November 30, 2015.


Jihadi Archipelago: Blood and joy in the Islamic State.
Anthropologist Scott Atran explains the revolutionary context of the Islamic State – as a dynamic startup nation, an attractor of the aggrieved, and an existential challenge to Enlightenment ideals of human rights and the secular state – and warns that Western governments are giving ISIS exactly the chaos it needs to grow.
Interview by Chuck Mertz on This is Hell!  WNUR


Scott Atran speaks to the UN CTC
Scott Atran speaks to the motivations and backgrounds of foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) at the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee meeting on November 24.


The Joy of ISIS – NYT blog
Ross Douthat discusses ISIS, and the West’s response, referencing Artis fellows’ NYRB piece.


Interview with Scott Atran: Can We Construct a Counter-Narrative to ISIS’s End Goal?
Can We Construct a Counter-Narrative to ISIS’s End Goal? What exactly is the ISIS endgame? NPR’s Rachel Martin speaks with Scott Atran, co-author of the New York Review of Books post “Paris: The War ISIS Wants.”


Paris: The War ISIS Wants – by Scott Atran and Nafees Hamid
Scott Atran and Nafees Hamid were interviewed by Lawrence O’Donnell about the nature of ISIS and the Paris attacks on MSNBC’s The Last Word.


Russian TV: Scott Atran on Paris Attacks
Sophie Shevardnadze interviews Scott Atran about the Paris attacks carried out by the Islamic State.


Mindless terrorists? The Truth about ISIS… – by Scott Atran
Atran, S. (15 November 2015). Mindless Terrorists:  The Truth about ISIS is much worse.  The Guardian.


Managing Turmoil: The Middle East in Transformation
Presentation of the document ‘Global Consensus’ in Madrid. Hosted by the World Leadership Alliance, Club de Madrid. 28 October 2015.


Interviewing Imprisoned ISIS Fighters- by Lydia Wilson
Wilson, L. (October 21, 2015). What I discovered from interviewing imprisoned ISIS fighters. The Nation.


ISIS and the Assad dynasty – by Lydia Wilson
Wilson, L. (23 September 2015). ISIS and the Assad dynasty. The Times Literary Supplement.


What drives Westerners to fight for ISIL?
Scott Atran appeared on Al Jazeera TV’s UpFront with Mehdi Hasan to discuss what drives Westerners to fight for ISIL. Click to watch the interview:
Saturday, September 12, 2015 Appearance


The Kurds’ Heroic Stand Against ISIS – by Scott Atran & Douglas Stone
S. Atran & D. Stone.  16 March 2015.  “The Kurds’ Heroic Stand Against ISIS” in The New York Times.


The ISIS in the Room – by Lydia Wilson
The ISIS in the Room:  “I felt the impact of an attack by the terrorist group. So why didn’t my research data?”  (5 February 2015.)  Nautilus.  Issue 021.  by Lydia Wilson


For Cause and Comrade – by Scott Atran and colleagues
For Cause and Comrade: Devoted Actors and Willingness to Fight” (30 December 2014).  In Cliodynamics: The Journal of Quantitative History and Cultural Evolution.  5(1).  Atran, S.,  Sheikh, H., and Gómez, Á.


The Devoted Actor as Parochial Altruist – by Hammed Sheikh and colleagues
The Devoted Actor as Parochial Altruist: Sectarian Morality, Identity Fusion, and Support for Costly Sacrifices” (December 30, 2014.) In Cliodynamics: The Journal of Quantitative History and Cultural Evolution. , vol 5(1).  By Sheikh, Hammad; Atran, Scott; Ginges, Jeremy; Wilson, Lydia; Obeid, Nadine; Davis, Richard.


Devoted actors sacrifice for close comrades and sacred cause
Atran, S., Sheikh, H., and Gomez, A. (3 December 2014). “Devoted actors sacrifice for close comrades and sacred cause“. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.  Early Edition.


The Devoted Actor, Sacred Values, and Willingness to Fight – by Scott Atran and colleagues
The Devoted Actor, Sacred Values, and Willingness to Fight: Preliminary Studies with ISIL Volunteers and Kurdish Frontline Fighters.  (November 2014). Executive Summary presented to Senate Armed Services Committee.  By Scott Atran, with Lydia Wilson, Richard Davis, Hammad Sheikh.


Motive attribution asymmetry by Adam Waytz and colleagues
Waytz, A., Young, L. L., and Ginges, J. Motive attribution asymmetry for love vs. hate drives intractable conflict.  Online before print 20 October 2014.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).


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