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CSIS: The North Caucasus Insurgency and Syria

April 13, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

For a while, it seemed as if Russia’s North Caucasus insurgency had gone quiet. In Moscow, many were quick to laud the Kremlin’s hard line policies. But today, the links between the North Caucasus and radicalism around the world are coming into increasingly stark relief. Most of the insurgent groups in the North Caucasus have pledged support to Da’esh and many radicals have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq. Furthermore, not a few seem to be equally committed to taking the fight home, or placing it high on the Da’es agenda as evidenced by the bombing of a Russian airliner in Egypt.

The questions are many: Have the links between the North Caucasus jihad and the Middle East transformed the problem from national to global? How is this affecting Russia? How much are religion, nationalism, or other factors motivating the violence? To what or whom are the violent jihadist groups of  the North Caucasus allegiant, and what is the effect on the decades-old regional conflict? Where does Turkey fit in, as a popular destination for both Russian jihadists transiting to Syria and “new muhajirun” —  immigrants from Russia who have formed tight, rather self-sustainable communities mostly in and around Istanbul?
The CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program is pleased to welcome the International Crisis Group’s North Caucasus expert, Ekaterina Sokirianskaia, who will brief on field research and analysis captured in Crisis Groups’s recent in-depth report, The North Caucasus Insurgency and Syria: An Exported Jihad?
Ekaterina Sokirianskaya
Project Director, International Crisis Group
Sufian Zhemukhov
Senior Research Associate, The George Washington University
Moderated by:
Olga Oliker
Senior Adviser and Director, Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS


April 13, 2016
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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