At a political science conference on Friday, I presented research my students and I were working on about the subject of beheadings. We were trying to determine whether the killings of journalists James Foley on August 19 and Stephen Sotloff on September 2 had any impact upon U.S. public opinion.
New research finds that potential terrorists cannot be identified using a single socio-economic profile. Similarly, at the individual level, homegrown terrorists are not driven by just one or even a prevalent set of motivations.
Though many people claimed to love Aasiya, none of them did enough. Laws are useless in the face of inadequate support systems in a person's family and friend network that can help extract one from her abusive situation.