Graeme Wood, national correspondent for The Atlantic, will talk about how and why ISIS started and why it now faces the prospect of losing all the territory it gained in Syria and Iraq at a LAWAC Global Cafe breakfast on April 20th.
Wood, whose article “What ISIS Really Wants” ( from the March 2015 issue, is the most-read article in The Atlantic’s 160-year history, will talk about what he learned while interviewing ISIS members and sympathizers across Europe and the Middle East. He will discuss the extraordinary penchant for violence of ISIS adherents, and the psychology and theology which prompts many of them to sacrifice their lives on a desert battlefield far away from their homes. He will also discuss the potential of “ISIS 2.0” as the terrorist group is forced to evolve following imminent defeats in Raqqa and Mosul, slashes to funding and the killing or capture of several high-ranking leaders.
Graeme Wood is a national correspondent for The Atlantic.
He has written for The New Republic, The New Yorker, Bloomberg
Businessweek, The American Scholar, The Wall Street Journal and
The New York Times.
He was the 2014–2015 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and he teaches in the political science department at Yale University. His book The Way of the Stranger: Encounters with the Islamic State, is one of the most detailed examinations so far of a group that has horrified the world with its brutality.
The event will take place in Culver City, CA