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    5 Things You Might Be Asking about the Sochi Terrorist Threats

    With two weeks to go before the opening of the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, terrorist threats have many questioning the security of the games. The Foundry asked Heritage’s expert on the region, Ariel Cohen, for some perspective on the threats. Where are the terrorist threats to the Olympics coming … More

    Boston Bombers Have Roots in the Ungovernable, Islamist North Caucasus

    The North Caucasus has emerged as an ungovernable safe haven for terrorists, as the government of Russia is at the end of its wits as to how to stem the Islamist insurrection. The brothers who allegedly undertook the Boston Marathon bombing and reportedly planned to hit Times Square in New … More

    North Caucasus: Islamist Threat Comes from a History of Violence

    The Boston Marathon bombers have brought greater attention to Russia’s volatile North Caucasus, their ancestral home. As painful their heinous acts are, however, the bombers’ actions are just a footnote to the history of insurgency and connections to global Islamist networks in the North Caucasus. The North Caucasus has a … More

    What Motivated the Boston Bomber’s Trip to Russia?

    As details emerge regarding Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s 2012 trip to Dagestan and Chechnya, which his family has insisted was merely to visit with relatives, fresh questions arise as to how that trip may have influenced either his motivation or preparation for the Boston Marathon bombings. The frequency with which American-born or … More

    Social Media and the Boston Attack: The Good, the Bad, and the Confused

      Reddit, the website that styles itself the Internet’s front page, apologized yesterday to the people hurt by its overhasty attempts to capture the Boston bombers last week. Administrators are publically regretting the “online witch hunts” caused by overeager armchair investigators across the Internet. In this, clearly, lies a cautionary … More

    Chechnya: A Troubled Land

    News out of Boston today has focused attention on the increasing extremist violence in Russia’s North Caucasus region, as two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings have been identified as Chechnya natives. Russia’s Northern Caucasus is one of the most volatile, lawless regions in the world and a hotbed of … More

    The Grozny Suicide Attack: Violence in North Caucasus Undermines the Pro-Kremlin Ruler

    The suicide bomber attack on the Chechen Parliament in Grozny Tuesday morning cast further doubt on the Russian leadership’s declarations that the strategic North Caucasus region, Russia’s soft underbelly, is stabilizing. More trouble is in stock for Moscow and her South Caucasus neighbors (Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan), as the violence … More

    After Moscow: Reject Knee Jerk Security

    Yesterday, a series of bombings in Moscow subway stations killed 39 and injured more than 70. The bombings, conducted by two female suicide bombers, are undoubtedly a horrible tragedy for the families of the victims. What followed, however, was a decision by transit companies across the United States to ramp … More

    Talk is Cheap: The Obama Administration on Democracy Promotion and Human Rights

    Diplomacy and development have been major administration priorities as illustrated by the State Department’s first ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) intended to provide the short-, medium-, and long-term blueprint for our diplomatic and development efforts. On December 14, 2009, Secretary Clinton gave democracy its due in a lecture … More

    Counter-terror Operation in Chechnya Completed: What Next?

    Last week the Kremlin formally announced its decade-long anti-terror operation in Chechnya over. In practical terms, it translates into puling out the federal forces and repealing stringent restrictions related to freedom of movement for civilians in Chechnya. This measure aroused little enthusiasm in Russia, though. In point of fact, the … More