ISIS Aims to Show Toughness and Humiliation of Enemies, A Tactic That Appears to Be a Perfect Fit with the Other Psychological Strategies Employed by Extremist Organizations

Article ID: 622297

Released: 20-Aug-2014 5:00 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: University of Alabama

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    Dr. Adam Lankford

Adam Lankford is a criminal justice professor at The University of Alabama.

He is the author of The Myth of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, and Other Self-Destructive Killers, which offers unprecedented evidence that many suicide terrorists are suicidal, in the conventional sense, and are not simply driven by ideology or commitment to the cause. This directly contradicts what most experts have insisted about suicide terrorists for decades.

Dr. Lankford has written for The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Wired, The Daily Beast, New Scientist, The Mail on Sunday, The Huffington Post, and numerous peer-reviewed journals. His research has been featured by CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, BBC World Radio, CBS Radio, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, Time, USA Today, and many other national and international outlets.

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