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PREVENTING THE “ISLAMIC STATE” IN CENTRAL ASIA: CONDITIONS, RISKS, AND PEACE POLICY REQUIREMENTS

PREVENTING THE “ISLAMIC STATE” IN CENTRAL ASIA: CONDITIONS, RISKS, AND PEACE POLICY REQUIREMENTS It currently seems unlikely that the “Islamic State” (IS) will spread its military activities to Central Asia in a similar way as in Iraq and Syria. The regional states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization1 have taken military precautions to prevent this from happening. At the same time, it is likely that IS will attempt to gradually extend its reach to Central Asia, which has traditionally been one of the key regions in the Islamic world for centuries. It is also possible that IS could try to compensate potential setbacks in Iraq or Syria by going underground in Central Asia. Respective activities of IS fighters have already been reported from the region. As a result, the states of Central Asia are now forced to intensively address the religious and political agenda of IS, along with the ideals advocated by other Salafist groups that have been active in the region for years. However, an effective and sustainable political prevention of IS will only be successful if the secular ruling elites in Central Asia allow the moderate majority of the Islamic groups in their countries to participate in the political process. Keywords: Islamic State; Central Asia; political prevention; war; terrorism; peace http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Geopolitics, History, and International Relations Addleton Academic Publishers

PREVENTING THE “ISLAMIC STATE” IN CENTRAL ASIA: CONDITIONS, RISKS, AND PEACE POLICY REQUIREMENTS

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Addleton Academic Publishers
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© 2009 Addleton Academic Publishers
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1948-9145
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Abstract

It currently seems unlikely that the “Islamic State” (IS) will spread its military activities to Central Asia in a similar way as in Iraq and Syria. The regional states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization1 have taken military precautions to prevent this from happening. At the same time, it is likely that IS will attempt to gradually extend its reach to Central Asia, which has traditionally been one of the key regions in the Islamic world for centuries. It is also possible that IS could try to compensate potential setbacks in Iraq or Syria by going underground in Central Asia. Respective activities of IS fighters have already been reported from the region. As a result, the states of Central Asia are now forced to intensively address the religious and political agenda of IS, along with the ideals advocated by other Salafist groups that have been active in the region for years. However, an effective and sustainable political prevention of IS will only be successful if the secular ruling elites in Central Asia allow the moderate majority of the Islamic groups in their countries to participate in the political process. Keywords: Islamic State; Central Asia; political prevention; war; terrorism; peace

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Geopolitics, History, and International RelationsAddleton Academic Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2017

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