The ISIS Factor

By Alexey Malashenko

Alexey Malashenko is the chair of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Center for Religion, Society, and Security in Moscow. Malashenko is also a professor of political science and a member of the RIA Novosti advisory council. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Central Asia and the Caucasus and Acta Eurasica, and the newsletter Russia and the Muslim World. He is a board member of the International Federation for Peace and Conciliation.

The situation in the Russian North Caucasus has been complex for over 25 years now. A host of economic and social reasons, as well as the relations between this region and the federal authorities, and the mistakes made by both federal and regional politicians, have all contributed to the problem.

Although most experts consider the current situation in Russia relatively stable, it’s to a large extent contingent upon the Islamic factor—particularly upon the actions carried out by Islamic radicals, many of whom pledged their allegiance to the Islamic State.

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