Almost a year after the United States launched its campaign against terrorism in Central Asia, Islamic radical activity in the region remains vigorous. While operations by armed Islamic militants have effectively ceased, the non-violent radical group Hizb-ut-Tahrir has expanded its support base. Regional governments have struggled to contain Hizb-ut-Tahrir's activity, failing to develop a message that can counter the Islamic group's appeal to impoverished Central Asian citizens for social and economic justice.
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Alisher Khamidov is currently Muskie Fellowship sponsored Intern at the NEH Summer Institute on Eurasian Civilizations at Harvard University.