The Crocus City Hall Terror Attack and Its Repercussions for Central Asians and Central Asia

Central Asia and Caucasus Seminar
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While little evidence has yet been presented for who committed the March 22 terror attack outside Moscow and why, it will clearly have serious repercussions for Central Asian migrants in Russia and for Russia-Central Asia relations. The arrest of four Tajik men has triggered a wave of harassment and renewed media commentary on Central Asia and its people as a source of danger. The suspected ISIS-K connection, which fits a pattern of recent attacks and arrests, brings attention back to the problem of armed Islamist groups and insurgencies from Central Asia and the Caucasus and Russia's role as one of their primary targets. This panel will consider various implications of the terror attack for Central Asians and Central Asia, focusing on the issues of migration, counter-terrorism, and transnational repression.

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This event is co-sponsored by the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs.


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