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Central Asia and Islamic State: The Russian Connection
March 08, 2017
Central Asia and Islamic State: The Russian Connection
Impoverished and oppressed, Central Asian migrants to Russia make perfect targets for extremist recruiters.
Central Asia and Islamic State: The Russian Connection
US Security Stakes in Central Asia
February 07, 2017
US Security Stakes in Central Asia
Insights from Erica Marat.  
US Security Stakes in Central Asia
Central Asian Children Cast as ISIS Executioners
September 20, 2016
Central Asian Children Cast as ISIS Executioners
ISIS often features Central Asia’s children in its propaganda videos, labeling them “Cubs of the Caliphate.”
Central Asian Children Cast as ISIS Executioners
Is Central Asia Ready to Face ISIS?
July 08, 2016
Is Central Asia Ready to Face ISIS?
Central Asian governments, which often conflate extremism and dissent, are unprepared for the risk they face.
Is Central Asia Ready to Face ISIS?
Kyrgyzstan's Self-Defeating Conflict With Moderate Islam
June 22, 2016
Kyrgyzstan's Self-Defeating Conflict With Moderate Islam
The state's clash with a well-respected Muslim leader will only encourage true radicalization in the country.
Kyrgyzstan's Self-Defeating Conflict With Moderate Islam
ISIS and Central Asia: A Shifting Recruiting Strategy
May 17, 2016
ISIS and Central Asia: A Shifting Recruiting Strategy
The region’s leaders must ask themselves if they are ready to deal with new threats tailored to recruit the discontented.
ISIS and Central Asia: A Shifting Recruiting Strategy
How Putin Plans to Fight Terrorism in Central Asia
October 20, 2015
How Putin Plans to Fight Terrorism in Central Asia
Fears of spillover from Afghanistan and ISIS have prompted Moscow to increase its military might in Central Asia.
How Putin Plans to Fight Terrorism in Central Asia
Russia Continues Inflating the ISIS Threat in Central Asia
September 24, 2015
Russia Continues Inflating the ISIS Threat in Central Asia
ISIS is recruiting around the world, but Russian rhetoric boosts the threat of ISIS to the region beyond reality.
Russia Continues Inflating the ISIS Threat in Central Asia
Washington’s Revealing Central Asia Report
June 29, 2015
Washington’s Revealing Central Asia Report
A new State Department report is further evidence of a lack of U.S. policy for the region.
Washington’s Revealing Central Asia Report
Tajikistan's Former Special Police Commander Appears in Second ISIS Video
June 19, 2015
Tajikistan's Former Special Police Commander Appears in Second ISIS Video
In his second video, Gulmurod Halimov threatens his brother and a government cleric.
Tajikistan's Former Special Police Commander Appears in Second ISIS Video
Missing Tajik Commander Shows Up in ISIS Video
May 28, 2015
Missing Tajik Commander Shows Up in ISIS Video
Halimov has been missing since late April and was reportedly arrested last week in Turkey. The mystery continues.
Missing Tajik Commander Shows Up in ISIS Video
Did the Missing Tajik Commander Just Reappear?
May 21, 2015
Did the Missing Tajik Commander Just Reappear?
Some reports say Gulmurod Halimov has been detained in Turkey. Tajik authorities are not so sure.
Did the Missing Tajik Commander Just Reappear?
Tajik Special Police Commander Disappears
May 15, 2015
Tajik Special Police Commander Disappears
Some have speculated that Gulmurod Halimov has left the country to join ISIS. His family says that isn’t true.
Tajik Special Police Commander Disappears
Tajikistan to Local Police: Stop Forcibly Shaving Muslims
April 29, 2015
Tajikistan to Local Police: Stop Forcibly Shaving Muslims
Police should only remind young men to "take care of themselves and observe personal hygiene," not actually shave them
Tajikistan to Local Police: Stop Forcibly Shaving Muslims
A Kyrgyz Family in the Islamic State
April 21, 2015
A Kyrgyz Family in the Islamic State
A family leaves home in Kyrgyzstan to join the Islamic State. Tragedy ensues.
A Kyrgyz Family in the Islamic State
Moscow Hypes the Central Asia Jihadist Threat
October 06, 2014
Moscow Hypes the Central Asia Jihadist Threat
Wildly overstating the threat Islamic State poses to the region justifies calls for more curbs on civil liberties.
Moscow Hypes the Central Asia Jihadist Threat
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