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The Rise of Islamic Extremism in Central Asia and the Caucasus
ICC Note:
The collapse of the Soviet Union caused a growth in Islam and Extremism in Central Asia and the Caucasus. Predictions are now being made that the US withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014 will “have a destabilizing effect on the whole region.” The prediction is that Islamic extremism will increase in the next few years and that Central Asia will need to be closely monitored.
06/06/2013 Central Asia (WWM)- Islamic extremism in Central Asia and the Caucasus will further increase in the next few years, predicts a new report by Anna Münster, a Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House.
US withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014, and expected regime changes in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan threaten to destabilize the region, providing radicals with a platform from which to operate, claims Growing Islamic Extremism in Central Asia and the Caucasus – Situation and Outlook.
The situation is further complicated, writes Munster, by the ‘New Great Game’ unfolding in Central Asia – part two of the ‘Great Game’ of the 19th and early 20th centuries, during which time Britain and Russia vied for power within the region…
As various global powers vie for access to the wealth of natural resources in Central Asia and the Caucasus, Munster reports several modern examples of corruption and bribery.
Perhaps most notably, she highlights a deliberate “closing of the eyes” to human rights abuses in Uzbekistan, where Western governments have vested interests.

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