Thinkers: TERRORISM: Listening To The Enemy

TERRORISM

It takes a special kind of courage to think about the unthinkable, and Jessica Stern has it. A lecturer at Harvard's Kennedy School, Stern studies those who kill innocents for political gain. While others debate theories of terrorism from the safety of the ivory tower, Stern travels the world to meet those who actually commit the acts.

She began her career as a chemist, but a stint working in Russia started her thinking about the world outside the lab. "You couldn't live in Moscow without being very aware of what felt like the danger of war," she recalls. She switched her...

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