Reassessing The Barriers to Islamic Radicalization in Kazakhstan

Reassessing The Barriers to Islamic Radicalization in Kazakhstan
Reassessing The Barriers to Islamic Radicalization in Kazakhstan
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In this monograph, the authors reassess the barriers to Islamic radicalization in the Republic of Kazakhstan. They provide crucial analysis and findings for policymakers seeking to engage with the country, while also presenting important insights into the historical and cultural impediments in the path of radicalizing its youth. Despite the proximity of the Central Asian Republics to Afghanistan and the Global War on Terrorism, unlike its neighbors, Kazakhstan has remained relatively stable and low risk in the face of international terrorism and extremism. This monograph examines some of the reasons as to why this is the case, proving that early judgements offered by commentators concerning Kazakhstan’s experience of domestic politically inspired violence in 2011-12, exaggerated the potential threat of growing Islamic radicalization.

ZHULDUZ BAIZAKOVA is Research affiliate to the Institute for Security and Cooperation Studies of the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She served for 7 years in the Ministry for  Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, including a foreign posting to the United Kingdom. She is currently specializing in security and environmental issues of the Central Asian region. Ms. Baizakova holds an M.Sc. degree in international security and global governance from the Birkbeck College, University of London.
ROGER N. MCDERMOTT has specialized in Russian and Central Asian defense and security studies. He is an Adjunct Fellow of the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC; Affiliated Senior Analyst, Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen; and Senior International Fellow, Foreign Military Studies Office, Fort Leavenworth.

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The authors’ analysis in this work results with a presentation to readers with a sober and genuine view of the security challenges stemming from radical Islam, in the context of identifying numerous barriers standing in the way of tipping the growing numbers of the Kazakhstan’s youth into transnational radical Islamist movements. United States military leaders, national security strategists, law enforcement teams and task forces, policy analysts, lawmakers, and others concerned with the international youth experience and acts of violence, including terrorism, and suicide bombings taking place in Central Asia as they migrate into the radical Islamic movements will benefit from this volume. Students considering research about Islamic studies, International Politics, Global Affairs, National Security, and Psychology/Social Sciences degree programs may also find some insights from this text that explores the youth violence situation in Kazakhstan and its impact on the world.

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  • Baizakova, Zhulduz
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  • Islamic Radicalization in Kazakhstan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Radicalism, Government policy, Kazakhstan
  • Radicalism, Religious aspects, Islam
  • Radicalism, Kazakhstan, Prevention
  • Terrorism, Government policy, Kazakhstan
  • Terrorism, Religious aspects, Islam
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