The recent attacks in Paris shocked the world and left us wondering what could possibly motivate such barbarism. In this episode, we ask that question about terrorism in general. What has motivated terrorists around the world and through recent history? Spoiler: groups representing all kinds of ideologies have used terrorism as a tool long before the more recent (and more violent) attacks by Islamic extremist groups.

We also spoke briefly on this topic on the Challenging Opinions podcast!

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Take a look at some of our favorite articles that we came across while researching [this topic]:

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About the Author
Drew Casey received his M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University’s Elliott School. He is the Director of Development for Matters of State and a regular episode contributor. He previously graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in International Business. Drew has lived in multiple major cities in the U.S. and spent a year and a half teaching English in China.