Scott Atran



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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.
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

Bower, Bruce. 23 June 2016. New studies explore why ordinary people turn terrorist. ScienceNews.

Geraldine Doogue interviews Artis Fellow Nafees Hamid to understand how extremists are likely to be radicalised.

Doogue, Geraldine. 17 June 2016. The social network: predicting extremism. Saturday Extra. Australian National Radio.

Voice of a Frontline Researcher & Anthropologist – Scott Atran.  May 13, 2016.  On Violent Extremism.  CSIS Podcast.

For this session, Shannon N. Green sits down with anthropologist and frontline researcher Scott Atran. During the conversation, Scott shares his unique insight into what binds extremists together, the appeal of extremism, and what it will take to effectively counter violent extremist organizations.

L’anthropologue estime qu’il faut comprendre les terroristes pour les combattre. TV5 Monde (“Scott Atran” interview with P. Simonin, 29 April 2016).

Artis fellow Ximena Lois with Mapuche Shaman Machi Paola Aroca Cayunao in Chile.

Artis fellow Ximena Lois with Mapuche Shaman Machi Paola Aroca Cayunao in Chile.

Sheikh, Hammad, Ángel Gómez, and Scott Atran. 23 May 2016. Empirical Evidence for the Devoted Actor Model. Current Anthropology.

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.