Recent Research on the North Caucasus — Autumn 2018

A quarterly report highlighting recent scholarly publications relating to the contemporary North Caucasus. Continue reading “Recent Research on the North Caucasus — Autumn 2018”

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The Numbers Game: Transparency and Reliability Issues in Estimating Russian Rebel Involvement in Syria and Iraq

Articles discussing rebel involvement in the conflict in Syria and Iraq and the threat posed by returnees often cite estimates by the Soufan Group. In this research note, I’m going to explain why this is problematic in relation to Russia, and identify some of the challenges in estimating how many Russians have travelled to the Middle East. Continue reading “The Numbers Game: Transparency and Reliability Issues in Estimating Russian Rebel Involvement in Syria and Iraq”