Monday, December 4, 2023

Experts in Kazakhstan address global and regional trends of terrorism

Experts attend an International Conference "Global and Regional Trends of Terrorism and Violent extremism" in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, February 11, 2022.

- Advertisement -

At the International Conference “Global and Regional Trends of Terrorism and Violent extremism” in Nur-Sultan on February 11, Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State Yerlan Karin elaborated on the practical aspects of countering terrorism and the role of Kazakhstan in combating this threat.

Expounding on the January events in the country, it was argued that Kazakhstan faced an extraordinary, ‘hybrid’ case of terrorism, which differed in a combination of various aspects: from the merging of crime and to the information attacks, said Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (KAZISS), which organized the event with the Kazakhstan Council on International Relations.

Experts noted there is a broad field for collaboration between international and Kazakh researchers in identifying causes of security problems in Central Asian countries and coming up with solutions.

Acting Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Georgetown University Security Studies Program (SSP) in the US Jacob Zenn noted that in recent times there is a decrease in the spread of the terrorist threat around the world. This is primarily due to the defeat of ISIS and the loss of a number of occupied territories in the Middle East, he said.

In an interview with Astana Times, he argued that the tragic events in Almaty showcased a rather unique type of terrorist incident. “It wasn’t a conventional type of terrorist attack, like a bombing of a hotel,” Zenn was quoted as saying. “There was a large group of people and maybe some of them originally did not intend to engage in militant action, but they got caught up in the violence led by criminal and radical elements,” he opined, adding that it was strange that so far, no known terrorist group behind the events was identified.

The influence of radical groups in the Syrian direction was described in detail by Aymenn Javad, an independent analyst and doctoral student at Swansea University in the UK, also touching upon the topic of the Central Asian  Countries’ citizens involved, including Kazakhstan, who took part on the side of the militants.

Another speaker, Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, research fellow at George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, noted that “when usually something is designated as terrorism, it allows the government to take extraordinary measures to deal with it which I think we saw in Kazakhstan”.

Zenn noted that the level of terrorism in Central Asia is not nearly what we see in other regions of the world. “People suspected that one day because of the Taliban and ISIS it would spread into Сentral Asia, but, in general, terrorism has not taken foothold in this region to nearly the extent as in other regions or to the extent that people have suspected,” he said.

- Advertisement -

Subscribe to our newsletter


Don't miss

Africa will watch the DRC’s elections with bated interest

2023 and 2024 are going to be busy years...

Ukraine, Middle East will dominate Cameron’s UK foreign policy agenda

David Cameron, who was made Foreign Secretary in a...

What will it take to prevent a Gaza reconstruction fiasco?

Let us be unequivocal about the current war between...

Ukraine’s persecuted mayor

Lest it be forgotten, the major thematic issue in...

Economy Minister says Kazakhstan to expand investment and diversify trade with Europe

Kazakhstan’s Minister of National Economy, Alibek Kuantyrov, spoke to NE Global in an exclusive interview about his country's relations with Europe, Astana's economic partners,...

Kazakhstan accelerating efforts to expand the strategic Middle Corridor

The Trans-Caspian International Transport Route, which is frequently referred to as the Middle Corridor, is a multilateral institutional development project linking the containerized rail...

World Health Organization highlights Kazakhstan’s historic role

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) held a major regional conference and celebration in Astana, Kazakhstan October 23-26 on the subject of Primary...

Kazakhstan’s Deputy FM says EU & US ties remain strong as Central Asia’s largest country emerges as regional power

In the three-plus decades since Kazakhstan emerged as an independent nation from the ashes of the Soviet Union's 1991 collapse, the Central Asian giant...

Conflict, migration, and demography in Russia and its border regions

Despite the absence of a clear definition of “ethnic group,” the term generally refers to people with a common history, culture, and ancestry. Russians...

Astana International Forum addresses climate change, energy security, green transition

As many countries are planning sustainability and decarbonization strategies to meet climate targets, Kazakhstan, one of the world’s largest energy producers, wants to be...

Kazakhstan’s new parliament could usher in green energy, rare earth investments

Kazakhstan held internationally monitored elections for the Mazhilis, the lower chamber of the Kazakh Parliament, on March 19, following major constitutional reforms, which most...

Interview: Uzbekistan an active player in the global trade system

New Europe in an exclusive interview during the first Tashkent International Investment Forum, spoke to Laziz Kudratov, Uzbek first deputy minister for investment and...