The North Caucasus Insurgency and Syria
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.
Project Director, International Crisis Group
Senior Research Associate, The George Washington University
Senior Adviser and Director, Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS