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Central Asia Islamist Extremism

August 16, 2017

What’s All the Fuss About Terrorism in Central Asia?

By Paolo Sorbello and Franco Galdini
Reports from Central Asia about a future doomed to violent Islamic extremism in the region are thin on evidence.

May 24, 2017

Kazakhstan Considers Revoking Terrorists’ Citizenship

By Catherine Putz
If passed, a range of crimes, from joining a terrorist group to separatism, could be grounds to lose citizenship.
March 08, 2017

Central Asia and Islamic State: The Russian Connection

By Iris Oppelaar
Impoverished and oppressed, Central Asian migrants to Russia make perfect targets for extremist recruiters.

November 01, 2016

What Did Kazakhstan Learn from the Almaty Shooting?

By Catherine Putz
Kulikbayev has already admitted guilt, but what lessons will the state draw from the tragedy?

June 22, 2016

Kyrgyzstan's Self-Defeating Conflict With Moderate Islam

By Uran Botobekov
The state's clash with a well-respected Muslim leader will only encourage true radicalization in the country.
December 15, 2015

Tajikistan’s Campaign Against the IRPT Continues

By Casey Michel
Government officials keep linking the now-illegal party to terrorists, sans evidence.

December 05, 2015

Kyrgyzstan Deports Human Rights Researcher

By Catherine Putz
Religion in Tajikistan, corruption scandals in Uzbekistan, and other weekend reads.

November 18, 2015

Central Asian States Among Countries Least Impacted by Terrorism

By Catherine Putz
Despite rhetoric from regional leaders, statistically Central Asia doesn’t experience much terrorism.

November 17, 2015

Fear of Terrorists Ripples from Paris to Moscow

By Catherine Putz
A deputy speaker in the State Duma floated the idea of restricting entry to Russia for citizens of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

October 15, 2015

Terrorism as Pretext: Religious Repression in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Mostly more of the same in the annual religious freedom report, but a small hopeful note.
August 12, 2015

Uzbekistan Passes Law To Strip Citizenship From Terrorists

By Catherine Putz
Tajikistan has also similarly amended its laws to allow for revocation of citizenship.

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