Scott Atran

Robert Axelrod Award

ARTIS Research

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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.
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President ARTIS Europe ___________________________         Richard Davis                        
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CEO, Managing Dir. & Sr. Fellow ________________________________
Scott Atran                        
Scott Atran
Director of Research & Senior Fellow ________________________________
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Lydia Wilson
Research Fellow ________________________________

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


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

Ross Douthat discusses ISIS, and the West’s response, referencing Artis fellows’ NYRB piece.

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.”

msnbc Atran & Hamid Nov19

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.

Sophie Shevardnadze interviews Scott Atran about the Paris attacks carried out by the Islamic State.

Atran, S. & Hamid, N. (16 November 2015). Paris: The war ISIS wants.  The New York Review of Books.

Atran, S. (15 November 2015). Mindless Terrorists:  The Truth about ISIS is much worse.  The Guardian.

Presentation of the document ‘Global Consensus’ in Madrid. Hosted by the World Leadership Alliance, Club de Madrid. 28 October 2015.