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Kepel vs Roy: Arguing About Islam and Radicalization
July 14, 2016

Kepel vs Roy: Arguing About Islam and Radicalization

By Catherine Putz
Why the Roy vs. Kepel argument matters for Central Asia.
Radicalization in Kyrgyzstan Is No Myth
June 22, 2016

Radicalization in Kyrgyzstan Is No Myth

By Aidai Masylkanova
Kyrgyzstan's slow arc toward Islamization and radicalization.

Tajikistan to Install Surveillance Cameras on Dushanbe Mosques
March 29, 2016

Tajikistan to Install Surveillance Cameras on Dushanbe Mosques

By Catherine Putz
Tajikistan's Muslim community is no stranger to the hand of the state.

How to Fight ISIS Messaging in Central Asia? Religious Freedom
February 20, 2016

How to Fight ISIS Messaging in Central Asia? Religious Freedom

By Catherine Putz
In a recent discussion, Noah Tucker argues that religious freedom--as a policy--is simply the best counter to ISIS messaging efforts.

Marriage in Kyrgyzstan and What Not to Wear in Tajikistan
January 16, 2016

Marriage in Kyrgyzstan and What Not to Wear in Tajikistan

By Catherine Putz
Plus, Putin's ploys in Central Asia and other recommended reads.
Tajikistan Mulls Banning Islamic-Sounding Names
December 04, 2015

Tajikistan Mulls Banning Islamic-Sounding Names

By Catherine Putz
What’s in a Name, Anyway?

Trouble in Tajikistan
September 15, 2015

Trouble in Tajikistan

By Cholpon Orozobekova
The ISIS obsession of President Emomali Rahmon could lead to further turmoil.
Tajik Authorities Warn Faithful About Hajj Scams
August 06, 2015

Tajik Authorities Warn Faithful About Hajj Scams

By Catherine Putz
Hajj will fall between September 20 and 26 this year and scammers prey on the uninformed.

How Fragile Is the Peace in Tajikistan?
June 23, 2015

How Fragile Is the Peace in Tajikistan?

By Catherine Putz
As the IRPT's leader contemplates returning, the country's peace has never seemed so tenuous.

Central Asia Has 99 Problems, but Extremism in Tajikistan Isn't the Worst
June 12, 2015

Central Asia Has 99 Problems, but Extremism in Tajikistan Isn't the Worst

By Catherine Putz
A recent op-ed by Ahmed Rashid flubs both the little details and the bigger picture.

Did the Missing Tajik Commander Just Reappear?
May 21, 2015

Did the Missing Tajik Commander Just Reappear?

By Catherine Putz
Some reports say Gulmurod Halimov has been detained in Turkey. Tajik authorities are not so sure.
Tajik Special Police Commander Disappears
May 15, 2015

Tajik Special Police Commander Disappears

By Catherine Putz
Some have speculated that Gulmurod Halimov has left the country to join ISIS. His family says that isn’t true.

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