To Defeat Islamic State, Treat Muslims Better

Wealthy and homogeneous societies are most likely to produce fighters for the terror militia.

Promoting diversity.

Photographer: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

It is intuitively appealing to connect the number of fighters a country sends to the Islamic State with poverty and inequality. The more desperate and economically downtrodden people are, the more likely it is that they'll join a terrorist group, right? Wrong, recent research indicates: It's much more likely that the reasons for the Islamic State's recruitment success are cultural.

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