Scott Atran



  Robert Axelrod Award

ARTIS Research

Who We Are
ARTIS is a scientific research group dedicated to improving understanding of collective political and cultural violence, risk assessment, and modeling through field based research. At ARTIS, we believe that multidisciplinary field research is an essential ingredient to scientific research on human cognition and behavior.
Consequently we join together top scientists, universities and research institutions with policy makers and experts so that multidisciplinary field research can better enhance scientific understanding of social movements, political and cultural violence, cyber crimes and technology, and energy issues.
Richard Davis  
Richard Davis
CEO, Managing Dir. & Sr. Fellow ___________________________
Scott Atran                        
Scott Atran
Director of Research & Senior Fellow ________________________________  


Artis Europe Leadership

    The Lord John Alderdice                        
The Lord John Alderdice
Senior Fellow / Founding Fellow CRIC ________________________________

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Lydia Wilson
Research Fellow

An unorthodox anthropologist goes face to face with ISIS. Is the payoff worth the peril?

Bartlett, T. The Road to ISIS. (20 May 2016). The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Les ministres se sont bousculés au premier Colloque international sur la prévention de la radicalisation. L’occasion de sortir des idées reçues.

Colloque : les Oscars de la déradicalisation. 29 April 2016. Le Point.

The EU Is Now Criminalizing Refugees. April 20, 2016. The Nation. Lydia Wilson.

An in-depth report by Scott Atran on the inconclusive battle to take one little village called Kudilah exposes the weakness of the strategy to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second biggest city.

On the Front Line Against ISIS: Who Fights, Who Doesn’t, and Why.  April 19, 2016. The Daily Beast.

A short piece on the importance of understanding sacred values for solving pressing global problems.

Sustainable Security and Sacred Values.  April 18, 2016.  Sustainable Security.

Comment devient-on djihadiste? (April 7, 2016). Télé By Scott Atran and Nafees Hamid.   Read Part 1 of 2 // Read Part 2 of 2

Terror in Europe: Safeguarding U.S. Citizens at Home and Abroad. (April 5, 2016). Statement before the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee. By Juan C. Zarate.

Dr. Hammad Sheikh developed a Terrorism Attack Visualization Tool to illustrate all terrorist attacks since 1970. Data is derived from the START Center’s Global Terrorism Database. You can see the shift from communist terrorism to Islamic terrorism after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Davis, Richard. 2016. Hamas, Popular Support and War in the Middle East: Insurgency in the Holy Land. Routledge: London.

Davis, Richard. 2016. Hamas, Popular Support and War in the Middle East: Insurgency in the Holy Land. Routledge: London.