Terrorism in the North Caucasus

NYC Attack Evokes Forgotten ‘Islamic State’ of Central Asia

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The possibility that Sayfullo Saipov was radicalized in Uzbekistan should surprise no one.

The China-Russia Contest for Central Asia: Uzbekistan

Uzbekflag, cc Nicolas Raymond, http://freestock.ca/flags_maps_g80-uzbekistan_grunge_flag_p1126.html, Flickr, modified,

This series takes a country-by-country look at the geopolitical competition between China and Russia in Central Asia.

Terrorism in Russia: All Quiet on the Home Front

Groznymosque, cc Christiaan Triebert, Flickr, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Russia’s three-pronged anti-terrorism strategy seems to be bearing fruit just as the threat of Syria-based terrorists is growing.

Chechens: Sons and Daughters of the Mountains

Chechnya, cc Flickr Vladimer Shioshvili, modified

Diego Solis recounts stories and lessons learned in his travels through the hinterlands of the Russian Caucasus.

Sanctions, Oil Could Weaken Russia’s Rule in the North Caucasus

RedSquare cc Ana Paula Hirama

A budgetary crisis in Moscow risks reigniting long-dormant insurgencies across the North Caucasus.

Caucasus Emirate Leadership Adopts ‘Terror 2.0’ Tactics

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In a move echoing the administrative and social media focus of Islamic State, the new leader of CE has called on fighters to engage in conflict on a political, economic, and informational front - not just a military one.

The Chechnya Conflict

Chechnya War CC Wiki Commons

Chechnya has been home to a power struggle between Russians and Chechens for centuries, and it could be the next region to fall under Islamic State’s expanding global shadow.

Islamic State Looks to Ignite Insurgency in the North Caucuses

Russia Army CC Mikhail Kamarov

Russia is facing the unsettling prospect of a wave of well-trained and battle-hardened foreign fighters returning to resume the insurgency in the North Caucuses.

Russia’s Foray into Ukraine: Lessons from the Chechnya Conflict

Chechen War Monument cc Gilad Rom

Some view Moscow’s involvement in eastern Ukraine as proof of a resurgent Russia. But a look back at the Chechnya conflict would suggest otherwise.

Assessing the Terrorist Threat to the Sochi Olympics

Countdown to Sochi Monument

The Geopoliticalmonitor’s Laurent Vinatier discusses the possibility of an attack by a Caucasus-based terrorist group on the Sochi Olympics. 

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