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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.
Central Asian States Among Countries Least Impacted by Terrorism
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.

Central Asia’s Stake in Afghanistan’s War
July 29, 2015

Central Asia’s Stake in Afghanistan’s War

By Tamim Asey
Afghan forces are fighting Central Asian extremists. Time for the region to get more involved.

Several Suspected Terrorists Killed by Kyrgyz Police
July 17, 2015

Several Suspected Terrorists Killed by Kyrgyz Police

By Catherine Putz
Five more were detained in a raid in Bishkek.

How Many Tajik ISIS Recruits Were Arrested in Turkey?
July 15, 2015

How Many Tajik ISIS Recruits Were Arrested in Turkey?

By Catherine Putz
A story about 25 Tajik ISIS recruits seems to have became a story about one Tajik ISIS recruit.
How to Prevent Violent Extremism in Central Asia
July 03, 2015

How to Prevent Violent Extremism in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Trick Question: How do you research extremism without looking like someone researching extremism?

Central Asia Is Just Not Interested in ISIS
June 26, 2015

Central Asia Is Just Not Interested in ISIS

By Catherine Putz
Motivation for those who do join is rooted in social and economic exclusion.
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.

Boston Bombing a Damaging Legacy for Central Asia
June 02, 2015

Boston Bombing a Damaging Legacy for Central Asia

By Casey Michel
The region’s links to the attack will color the perceptions of many Americans.

What Has Uzbekistan Worried?
May 02, 2015

What Has Uzbekistan Worried?

By Catherine Putz
And other brief news updates from Central Asia

Islam and Central Asia: Threat or Myth?
January 14, 2015

Islam and Central Asia: Threat or Myth?

By Paolo Sorbello
At a time of religious tensions and extremist violence, the commotion about the Islamic threat in Central Asia needs careful analysis.
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