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Iraqi security forces detain a boy after removing a suicide vest from him in Kirkuk, Iraq. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed

How the Islamic State recruits and coerces children

A young boy is strapped with explosives and sent to detonate himself and those around him at a school. An expert on terrorism explains how and why children become embroiled in militant conflicts.
Where in the world do you put 4.8 million displaced people? Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

Where have 4.8 million Syrian refugees gone?

As part of a collaboration between The Conversation and PBS's Point Taken, a professor from The Ohio State University examines some common misconceptions about Syrian refugees.
Syrian refugee Dania poses at the Sacramento, California apartment complex she lives in. REUTERS/Max Whittaker

Syrian refugees next door?

A majority of U.S. citizen oppose Syrian refugee resettlement. We run the numbers to put the perceived risk in perspective.
Christmas Eve 2015, Paris. Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Was 2015 such a terrible year? And what will 2016 look like?

Well Santa has come and gone, at least for the largest proportion of the world’s population. And, as we reach the end of the year, it is inevitably time to review recent trends and the prospects for 2016…

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