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J.M. Berger is editor of INTELWIRE.com and author of Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam.
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.
Slavery was abolished in most countries by the end of the nineteenth century, although it is still practiced in some countries, illegally.
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.
Offline, ISIS has followed the model of a functional—if limited—government. Online, it has played a different game.
Why do people travel abroad to take part in somebody else’s violent conflict?