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Radicalisation and Violent Extremism in Kyrgyzstan: On the Way to the Caliphate?

Minority groups in Kyrgyzstan are at the greatest risk of becoming radicalised.

In this close analysis of radicalisation and violent extremism in Kyrgyzstan, Anna Matveeva argues that radicalisation is not a myth but a phenomenon taking root in the region. While the drivers of radicalisation are not entirely understood, its geographic and social patterns have become clearer. In Kyrgyzstan, it positively correlates with belonging to a Muslim minority group, and their representatives find jihadi ideas more attractive.

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