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Rome’s Trevi fountain lit up with the Belgian flag. Why do some violent acts prompt global artistic memorial, but not others? Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Art and terror: a new kind of memorial

From Tintin weeping to spotlit buildings, images are rapidly circulating on social media as a way of comprehending the Brussels bombings. But where was the cartoon for those who died in Ankara? Are some tragedies "ungrievable"?
The world can only expect more attacks such that that took place in Brussels, as Islamic State continues to decline and lash out. EPA/Christophe Petit Tesson

Brussels attacks show just how desperate Islamic State has become

Although not an intuitive conclusion, the Brussels attacks are actually indicative of Islamic State's growing decline and desperation.
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Brussels attacks: why Europe?

What goes on in the mind of a suicide bomber? What motivates someone to spend their last day on the planet blowing up complete strangers? Bad enough, perhaps, if the strangers in question are soldiers…
Shattered windows at Brussels international airport. EPA/Laurent Dubrule

How radicalization happens and who is at risk

Scholars specializing in extremism are beginning to unravel how people -- including a higher number of Americans than one might expect -- become radicalized to embrace political violence.

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