CSIS: The North Caucasus: Russia's Volatile Frontier

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CSIS Russia & Eurasia Program
An Expert Roundtable on a newly released report: "The North Caucasus: Russia's Volatile Frontier"

 
Sergey Markedonov, Visiting Fellow,CSIS
Andrew Kuchins, Director and Senior Fellow, CSIS
with commentary by:
Thomas de Waal, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment

Charles King, Professor of Government, Georgetown University 

The continued violence and unrest in the North Caucasus has created a major area of instability for the Russian Federation. While Chechnya is currently relatively more stable under the brutal dictatorship of Ramzan Kadyrov, the neighboring republics of Ingushetia, Dagestan, and Kabardino-Balkaria have experienced significant increases in the frequency of violence.

This roundtable discussion examines factors, including the socio-economic trends in the region; the role of Islam and rise of radicalism throughout the Caucasus; nationalism; and growing ethnic tensions in the regions.

REPORT

"The North Caucasus: Russia's Volatile Frontier"

By Andrew C. Kuchins, Sergey Markedonov, Matthew Malarkey
MAR 31, 2011

Continued violence and unrest in the North Caucasus have created a major area of instability for the Russian Federation. Although Chechnya is relatively more stable, for now, under the brutal dictatorship of Ramzan Kadyrov, neighboring republics including Ingushetia, Dagestan, and others have experienced significant increases in the frequency of violence. The entire region is plagued by extreme poverty, high unemployment, and corrupt and often incompetent governance. Additionally, the prevalence of radical Islamic influences as well as growing competitive nationalist identities further increases the challenges for governance and stability.
 
The Russian federal government seeks to insulate the rest of the country from the overflow of violence in this volatile region, but terrorist attacks in the past year on the Moscow Metro and again on the train between Moscow and St. Petersburg demonstrate how hard this is to manage. Kuchins, Malarkey, and Markedonov examine the socioeconomic trends in the region, the role of Islam and rise of radicalism throughout the Caucasus, nationalism and growing ethnic tensions, and the external factors influencing the North Caucasus.

Publisher CSIS
ISBN 978-0-89206-628-5 (pb)

The full report in PDF can be downloaded by clicking here

Source: CSIS