Why do Central Asians join ISIS?

What little we know suggests that the non-religious reasons Central Asians join ISIS are more important than the religious factors […]

What does the impending demise of the IRPT mean for Tajikistan?

What does the loss of political status for the IRPT mean for Tajikistan?  And why do Western governments apparently no […]

Workshop Report: New Perspectives on Conflict, Security and Peace in Eurasia

Between 3rd and 5th June, the OSCE Academy in Bishkek hosted an international conference organised jointly with UK-based researchers working […]

Everyday Corruption in the Bishkek-Moscow Train

By Catherine Owen In the last four years, I have twice had the privilege of travelling by train from Bishkek […]

Is Tajikistan Really Jihad’s Next Frontier?

The spectacular defection of Tajikistan’s paramilitary commander Gulmurod Halimov to the Islamic State has caused an unprecedented flurry of English […]

What does the Halimov defection tell us about Tajikistan?

Cover photo: Still from ISIS video with Gulmurod Halimov    Credit: YouTube What does the Gulmurod Halimov defection tell us […]

Who killed Tajik opposition leader Umarali Kuvatov and why?

Cover Photo: Umarali Kuvatov    Photo Credit: TojNews.org Umarali Kuvatov, the leader of Group of 24, was killed last night […]

Learning in Governance: Researcher Exchanges in Kazakhstan

By Claire Dunlop and Claudio Radaelli, Department of Politics, University of Exeter In February we led a three-day political science workshop […]

Who Says Syria’s Calling? Why It Is Sometimes Better to Admit That We Just Do Not Know

Cover Photo: Tajik fighter Olim Yusuf    Credit: YouTube The International Crisis Group’s (ICG) latest report on the radicalization of Muslims […]

Keeping the Sacred Secret: Pilgrims’ Voices at Sacred Sites in Kyrgyzstan

By Zemfira Inogamova Reprinted by permission of the Publishers from ‘”Keeping the Sacred Secret: Pilgrims” Voices at Sacred Sites in […]

Tajiks fighters in Iraq: What do the latest series of videos tell us?

Cover Photo: Abu Muhammed Tojiki    Credit: Odnoklassniki In December 2014, thirteen videos of Tajik jihadists fighting with the Islamic […]

The ‘Muslim radicalisation of Central Asia’ is a dangerous myth

Security think-tanks and online expert communities in the Western world are perpetuating the dangerous myth that Muslim radicalisation is rife […]