Violence and Conflict in the North Caucasus
Domitilla Sagramoso, King's College London
The terrorist attacks in Moscow on 29 March this year drew attention again to the enduring problem of violence and radicalisation emanating from Russia's North Caucasus, where terrorist attacks are a near daily occurrence. According to Vladimir Ustinov, in 2009 there were 786 terrorist attacks in the North Caucasus, an increase of 30 per cent on the previous year. Local and Federal law-enforcement services appear powerless to control the problem. The cycle of violence and terrorism in Chechnya, Ingushetia, Dagestan and other republics takes place against a background of lawlessness, abuse of power by officials, rampant corruption and social and economic decline. Indeed many of the extra-judicial methods employed by security forces to serve only to inflame the situation.
Dr Sagramoso will discuss the underlying causes of terrorism in the North Caucasus, and the Federal and regional responses to the problem. She will speak for approximately twenty-five minutes, followed by an hour of questions and discussion.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.
For more information please contact Alex Nice.