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Islamic State after ISIS. Colonies without Metropole or Cyber Activism?

Interview with Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis With the world constantly following the events in the Middle East, much now depends on the shape, form and ‘policy’ Islamic State is going to take. What form will the IS take? What role will cryptocurrencies play in funding terrorists? How can Russia and the US cooperate in fighting mutual security threats? RIAC expert Tatyana Kanunnikova discusses these issues with ...


Wars in the Name of Islam: What Comes Next?

... million Ukrainians came to Russia. However, thank God, there is no new war in Lebanon, the situation remains the same there. The conflict is not spreading. They will come to terms: a positive scenario for the Middle East Alexey Malashenko: The Lessons of Islamic State There is an absolutely opposite, positive scenario. What is happening now in the Middle East is similar to the Thirty Years' War. The Thirty Years' War will be over, the people of the Middle East will understand how bad it is to kill each ...


The Lessons of Islamic State

Attempts to Formulate the Islamic Alternative Will be Repeated Rituraj Mate: AQIS & ISIS approaches in India Jama’at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, a group that emerged in Iraq in 1999 and joined al-Qaeda in 2004, may be considered the precursor of Islamic State (IS). The new organization assumed the name “Al-Qaeda in Iraq.” In 2006, it merged with several Islamist groups and assumed the name “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.” It is also called “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,” ...


AQIS & ISIS approaches in India

ISIS is a far newer force than al-Qaeda on the Indian Subcontinent, but already it has had a large number of recruits arrested, of its recruiters deported, and a shocking number of cells busted. Since its inception back in 2014, the terrorist group known as “al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent,” or AQIS for short, has been attempting to generate a strong support base in India. However, it has so far not been able to manage a significant foothold amongst the Muslim population in the country. Initially...


Breaking the U.S.-Russia Impasse: Keeping the Door Open to Dialogue

... political and economic sanctions placed on Moscow for its annexation of Crimea and its political military interference in eastern Ukraine. In the struggle against violent extremism, the U.S., Europeans and Russia generally agree on the need to control the Islamic State. However, there has been a significant lack of coordination that has been further antagonizing relations. First, NATO-member Turkey shot down a Russian aircraft in November 2015 — an action that tested the NATO-Russia relationship, even ...


In the Skies over Syria: Rivalry Instead of Coordinated Actions

... Syria. It appears that the military operations being carried out by all the parties involved in those regions have entered a new and more dangerous phase. The government forces have consolidated their control over the western parts of Syria, while the Islamic State is under attack from different sides. The focus of the hostilities has shifted to the area of Daraa in the south of the country, close to the border with Jordan and Iraqi. Who will take the territories that are currently being liberated ...


Russia and the West: How to Deal with the Threat of Extremism

OSCE member countries — the most powerful military nations — are hard put to keep the growing terrorist pressure in check. Why is that happening? The threat of terrorism and extremism will undoubtedly be among the priorities on the agenda of the upcoming NATO summit in Brussels. The organization’s members justly consider terrorism to be one of the most formidable challenges. Many of them have fallen victim to terrorist attacks. The threat is fueled by the crisis of statehood and conflicts in the...


Russia does not let its friends down

The central issue of Wednesday's meetings in Moscow was whether Russia would give in. An immediate change of policy was obviously not on the cards since it is not in Putin's nature to make sudden concessions under pressure. But will he gradually and incrementally pull the rug from under the Syrian president? According to Russian experts in Moscow, there are multiple reasons why the Kremlin will not. They range from concerns about future chaos in Syria in the aftermath of regime change to the damage...


From Kismet to Hizmet

Turkish-born preacher Fethullah Gulen has been broadcasting his brand of Islamism from a protected enclave in the United States since 1999. Even before going into exile on Main Street, the ex Imam maintained what some might call a relationship of spiritual and political condependence with populist politician Recip Tayyip Erdogan that dates back to 1995, when the former semi-professional soccer player became mayor of Istanbul as the candidate of the Islamist Welfare Party. A rancorous split between...


Post-Soviet Turkmenistan: A Little-Known Present and an Uncertain Future

... that he and Vladimir Putin have regarding the situation on the border between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan . This creates serious problems for organizing international efforts to aid Turkmenistan. AP Photo/Melad Hamedi/East News Grigory Lukyanov: The Islamic State in Afghanistan: a Real Threat to the Region? On the whole, it should be noted that extremist sentiments have never been widespread in Turkmenistan. However, the situation has begun to change radically over the last year or two as a result ...


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