Islamic State in Central Asia

May 25, 2019

Tajikistan’s Prison Riot: More Than Meets the Eye

By Catherine Putz
The details remain fuzzy, but the conclusion is clear: Something is very wrong.

November 27, 2018

What Really Happened at Khujand Prison in Tajikistan?

By Catherine Putz
It's likely to never be clear, but claims by the Islamic State to be behind the riot make the question critical.
November 08, 2018

Inmates Killed in Tajikistan Prison Riot

By Catherine Putz
As many as 25 inmates may have been killed in an overnight riot at a high-security prison in northern Tajikistan.

July 31, 2018

Islamic State Claims Tajikistan Car Attack

By Catherine Putz
Meanwhile, Dushanbe has reflexively accused the IRPT of coordinating the attack.

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.

February 07, 2017

US Security Stakes in Central Asia

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Erica Marat.  
September 20, 2016

Central Asian Children Cast as ISIS Executioners

By Uran Botobekov
ISIS often features Central Asia’s children in its propaganda videos, labeling them “Cubs of the Caliphate.”

July 08, 2016

Is Central Asia Ready to Face ISIS?

By Uran Botobekov
Central Asian governments, which often conflate extremism and dissent, are unprepared for the risk they face.

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.

May 17, 2016

ISIS and Central Asia: A Shifting Recruiting Strategy

By Uran Botobekov
The region’s leaders must ask themselves if they are ready to deal with new threats tailored to recruit the discontented.

October 20, 2015

How Putin Plans to Fight Terrorism in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Fears of spillover from Afghanistan and ISIS have prompted Moscow to increase its military might in Central Asia.
September 24, 2015

Russia Continues Inflating the ISIS Threat in Central Asia

By Casey Michel
ISIS is recruiting around the world, but Russian rhetoric boosts the threat of ISIS to the region beyond reality.

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