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Islamic State in Central Asia

Discussing Violence and Terrorism in Tajikistan
November 20, 2019

Discussing Violence and Terrorism in Tajikistan

By Catherine Putz
An interview with Edward Lemon.

More Questions Than Information on Tajikistan Border Post Attack
November 06, 2019

More Questions Than Information on Tajikistan Border Post Attack

By Catherine Putz
Tajikistan certainly faces security risks, Islamic State among them. But details on the recent incident are scarce.
Tajikistan’s Prison Riot: More Than Meets the Eye
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.

What Really Happened at Khujand Prison in Tajikistan?
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.

Inmates Killed in Tajikistan Prison Riot
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.

Islamic State Claims Tajikistan Car Attack
July 31, 2018

Islamic State Claims Tajikistan Car Attack

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

Central Asia and Islamic State: The Russian Connection
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.
US Security Stakes in Central Asia
February 07, 2017

US Security Stakes in Central Asia

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Erica Marat.  

Central Asian Children Cast as ISIS Executioners
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.”

Is Central Asia Ready to Face ISIS?
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.

Kyrgyzstan's Self-Defeating Conflict With Moderate Islam
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.
ISIS and Central Asia: A Shifting Recruiting Strategy
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.

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