J.M. Berger

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ISIS As Cult

by Jessica Stern, J.M. Berger via Lawfare
Thursday, March 26, 2015

In a study that is widely seen as among the most important contributions to social psychology, a team of observers joined a prophetic, apocalyptic cult to determine what would happen to the group if the predicted events failed to materialize.

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ISIS And Sexual Slavery

by Jessica Stern, J.M. Berger via Lawfare
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Slavery was abolished in most countries by the end of the nineteenth century, although it is still practiced in some countries, illegally.

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The Race To Caliphate

by Jessica Stern, J.M. Berger via Lawfare
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The quality of ISIS video releases fluctuated as the organization gained momentum, but overall, the group’s media team improved steadily over time, even as the quantity of its output increased.

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Smart Mobs, Ultraviolence, And Civil Society: ISIS Innovations

by Jessica Stern, J.M. Berger via Lawfare
Monday, March 23, 2015

Offline, ISIS has followed the model of a functional—if limited—government. Online, it has played a different game.

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ISIS And The Foreign-Fighter Phenomenon

by Jessica Stern, J.M. Berger via The Atlantic
Sunday, March 8, 2015

Why do people travel abroad to take part in somebody else’s violent conflict?