Around 5,000-10,000 individuals from post-Soviet Eurasia traveled to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS and other armed groups fighting there between 2012 and 2019. Now, some of them are repatriated to their home countries, while many remain in prisons and detention camps in the Middle East. What will happen to ISIS affiliates returning to Central Asia? Will they be prosecuted or released once repatriated? And how can governments ensure their integration in the civilian society back home? The roundtable will address these questions and offer policy recommendations.
Vera Mironova is a Russian-American academic, writer, producer, and policy consultant specializing in armed conflict. She has conducted fieldwork in numerous active conflict zones and post-conflict regions all over the world. From 2016 to 2017, she was embedded with Iraqi Special Operations Forces during the Mosul Operation; before that, she was embedded with far-right Ukrainian armed groups in Donbas. She is an author of the book "From Freedom Fighters to Jihadists. Human Resources of Non State Armed Groups" published by Oxford University Press. Her scholarship has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, BBC, and The Boston Globe. She has also served as a commentator for a number of major media outlets, including The New York Times, the Associated Press, Washington Post, and Vice News.
Farrukh Chariev is a project component manager at the NGO “Barqaror Hayot” in Uzbekistan. He has worked in the social sphere for over seven years. He is an alumnus of the US International Visitor Leadership Program “Youth and Civic Activism.” Since June 2020, Farrukh has managed the project “Providing support to vulnerable families and children including those affected by migration, returned from armed conflict zones” funded and coordinated by the EU and UNICEF. The NGO “Barqaror Hayot” has worked on rehabilitation and re-integration of women and children returned from conflict zones (Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan) since 2019.
Rustam Azizi is Deputy Director of the Center for Islamic Studies under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan. He is a prominent religious studies expert, and played an important role in the establishment of National Consultative Working Groups in Tajikistan, engaging diverse groups in a dialogue platform.
Vera Mironova, Writer; Center Associate, Davis Center
Farrukh Chariyev, Project Component Manager, NGO “Barqaror Hayot”
Rustam Azizi, Deputy Director, Center for Islamic Studies under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan
Moderator: Nargis Kassenova, Senior Fellow, Program on Central Asia, Davis Center
Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
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