Foreign Fighters and the Case of Chechnya: A Critical Assessment

Cerwyn Moore, P Tumelty

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The aim of this article is to explore and analyze the role of foreign fighters in the recent episodes of Russo-Chechen violence in the North Caucasus. The article begins by offering a preliminary theoretical consideration of foreign fighters, indicating how the events in Afghanistan combined with the development of a Salafi-Jihadist movement that would shape subsequent conflicts in the North Caucasus throughout the 1990s. The article will then move on to identify the role of Arab foreign fighters in Chechnya, demonstrating how a complex local and global social networks enable and motivate volunteers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)412-433
Number of pages22
JournalStudies in Conflict and Terrorism
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2008


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