Radicalization in Kyrgyzstan: Analysis of the Contemporary Situation

For a long period, radicalization processes in Kyrgyzstan were not investigated adequately. Experts and scholars paid more attention to studying radicalization, the rise of violent extremism, and terrorism in neighboring states. Nevertheless, Kyrgyzstan has recently turned into one of the hotspots in Central Asia in terms of religious radicalization. The country has not faced a terrorist attacks in significant numbers, but the increasing number of the youth joining the radical and even violent religious groups demonstrates existing shortcomings in the Kyrgyz authorities’ current analysis of the causes of the radicalization and their methods of tackling the issue.

Read full analysis by Dr Akram Umarov.

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