Scott Atran
Anthropologist and Director of Research, CNRS École Normale Supérieure

Scott Atran is the director of research in anthropology at the CNRS, École Normale Supérieure, and a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford. He is co-founder of Artis Research, and the author of Talking to the Enemy (2010) and In Gods We Trust (2002). Among many other consultancies and publications, he has briefed the UN Security Council and the US Senate on his research on sacred values and political extremism.

Written by Scott Atran

The Brussels suburb of Molenbeek, home to perpetrators of the Paris nightclub attacks. Photo by Andrew Testa/Panos

Social psychology
Alt-Right or jihad?

Unleashed by globalisation’s dark side and the collapse of communities, radical Islam and the alt-Right share a common cause

Scott Atran

Islamist fighters walk through the streets of Al Raqqah. The town is now the capital for the so-called Islamic State. Photo by David Rose/Panos

Values and beliefs
ISIS is a revolution

All world-altering revolutions are born in danger and death, brotherhood and joy. How can this one be stopped?

Scott Atran

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