The Boston Blast: Jihadists at the Gates

July 12, 2013

The Boston attacks reflect an evolution in Chechnya's long struggle against Russia. By Dmitry Babich  The televised images of the deserted streets of Boston and Cambridge, two of America’s oldest university centers, were a sad sight for the many former international students...

Russia’s Separatist Movements

July 12, 2013

It is time Russia found a solution to secessionist movements like Chechnya. Background  Nestling between the Black and Caspian seas, the North Caucasus is home to a number of separatist movements, many of whom have grown into violent struggles over the past few decades and are now...

Why the Tsarnaev Brothers Are Chechen Jihadists, Not Vice-Versa

May 16, 2013

Historically, radical jihadists in Chechnya do not have the ideological ambition to form a network of Chechens against the US, argues Iliana Hagenah. Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher once called Chechen rebels "freedom fighters" but they are now seen by many as radical...