Past event

Invitation Only

The North Caucasus: Islam, Security and Politics

Chatham House, London

Russia and Eurasia Programme, Russia's Domestic Politics

Event documents

Meeting Summary: The North Caucasus: Islam, Security and Politics
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Anna Matveeva, University of Exeter; King's College London
Craig Oliphant, Saferworld
John Russell, University of Bradford 
Domitilla Sagramoso, King's College London


The speakers will analyze the political and security situation in the North Caucasus.

In 2007 Ramzan Kadyrov famously declared that the fighting in Chechnya was 'finally and irreversibly' over. Subsequent events showed that this was far from true; the entire North Caucasus remains volatile, the local economy is heavily subsidized by the federal government, and corruption and poverty are pervasive. With the approaching 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Moscow is likely to pull out all the stops to suppress terrorist groups in the area, which may cause the security situation to deteriorate further.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.