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Edward Lemon

Islam, the State, and Security in Post-Soviet Central Asia

It is a common assumption that the Bolsheviks, after consolidating their hold...

Uzbekistan: A Breeding Ground for Terrorism?

A mass killing in New York perpetrated by a citizen of Uzbekistan...

Tajikistan and Islamic State: Threat or Bogeyman?

Perhaps the greatest existential threat facing Tajikistan is posed by the Islamic...

Tajik Mutineer And Special Forces Commander Killed In Battle

Tajikistan's authorities say they have killed the fugitive general who mutinied two...

IMU Pledges Allegiance to Islamic State

Only days after the death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar was announced,...

In New ISIS Video, Tajik Police Commander Threatens Brother

Tajikistan’s most high-profile Islamic State fighter has threatened to kill his brother...

State Department Downplays ISIS Threat In Central Asia

A senior State Department official has downplayed the threat of Central Asian...

Tajikistan Police Commander Says He’s Joined Islamic State

After weeks of speculation about his whereabouts, missing paramilitary police commander Gulmurod...

Report: Top Tajik Officer Arrested Trying to Join Islamic State

The Islamic State has narrowly missed a chance to enlist its most...

Tajikistan Promises Amnesty for Returning Jihadis

The Tajik security services are well known for employing heavy-handed tactics as...

Washington Urged to Condemn Tajikistan’s Constraints on Religious Freedom

An influential U.S. government body has once again recommended the State Department...

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan Show More Signs of Thaw

The thick ice that has long coated relations between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan...

Tajikistan: Moves Afoot to Expand Strongman’s Powers?

Being president may not be enough for Emomali Rahmon. If a band...

Tajik Dies Waiting at Moscow’s Overcrowded Migration Center

A worker from Tajikistan has dropped dead while standing in line to...

Is Tajikistan’s Islamic Party Cracking Under Pressure?

On Friday afternoons, imams across Tajikistan read their weekly, government-drafted sermons. The...

With Swelling Population, Tajikistan Plans New City From Scratch

Faced with a bulging population, Tajikistan’s government plans to build an entire...

In Russia’s Shadow, Tajikistan’s Remittances and Currency Plunge

Tajikistan’s economy faces mounting troubles. The impoverished country has long been the...

After Flawed Poll, Tajikistan’s President Dizzy with Victory

President Emomali Rahmon opened Tajikistan’s new parliament on March 17 with a...

Tajikistan Exploiting Interpol to Pursue Critics Abroad

Tajikistan’s strongman President Emomali Rahmon has silenced the opposition at home without...

Opposition Shut Out in Troubled Tajikistan Vote

The party of Tajikistan’s strongman president, Emomali Rakhmon, has swept aside all...

Tajikistan’s Clergy Urges Support for President’s Party in Weekend Vote

Tajikistan’s authoritarian government has enlisted the support of the state-appointed clergy ahead...

Tajikistan’s Feeble Opposition Attacked Relentlessly Ahead of Weekend Vote

The only question to ask about Tajikistan’s upcoming parliamentary elections is whether...

Academics Slam ICG Report on Radicalization in Central Asia

The International Crisis Group’s latest report, “Syria Calling: Radicalization in Central Asia,”...

Tajikistan Extradites Opposition Leader, Arrests Sympathizers

Yet another dissident who has angered Tajikistan’s authorities now languishes in prison....

Kyrgyzstan Authorities Arrest “Extremists,” Claim Islamic State Threat

January has been a busy month for Kyrgyzstan’s security services as they...

Syria Drawing Increasing Numbers of Central Asian Fighters – Report

Central Asian governments are failing to address problems posed by violent radicalization,...

IS Militants Asked Baghdadi For Permission To Fight 'Infidels' In Tajikistan

Militants from the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq have published a...

Russia Sees IS as Reason to Boost Control in Central Asia

How many Central Asians are fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq...

Central Asia's Desirable Militants

Citizens of Central Asia seem to be present wherever a Sunni Muslim group...

Terrified Tajikistan Declares Obscure Facebook Critics “Extremist”

A band of treacherous radicals will swoop into Tajikistan’s capital and seize...

Tajikistan: Foreign Minister’s UK Visit Overshadowed by Researcher’s Arrest

Two weeks after Tajikistan's secret police arrested researcher Alexander Sodiqov on bogus...

Tajikistan: Researcher’s Arrest Connected to Anti-Western Mood

What led Tajikistan’s security services to suspect a respected researcher of treason...

Tajikistan: Afghan Refugees Find Security, But Seek a Quick Escape

It may not be their preferred destination, but increasing numbers of Afghan...

Russia: Central Asian Labor Migrants Facing Uncertain Year

Fardin Saidulayev manages a newspaper kiosk in the Russian city of Novosibirsk,...

Tajikistan: Dushanbe Forcing Students Abroad to Return Home

Officials in Tajikistan, apparently worried about a potential rise of militant activity...