Opinion: Why We Talk to Terrorists

The New York Times has an opinion piece by Scott Atran, an anthropologist at France’s National Center for Scientific Research, the University of Michigan and John Jay College, and Robert Axelrod, professor of political science and public policy at the University of Michigan.

The authors argue that not all groups that the United States government classifies as terrorist organizations are equally bad or dangerous, and not all information conveyed to them that is based on political, academic or scientific expertise risks harming our national security.

The opinion piece comments in this way last week Supreme Court’s decision upholding a law banning the provision of “material support” to foreign terrorist group.

(H/T Georgetown SLB)

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