Berto Jongman: Ignoring the Caucasus, Our Peril

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Berto Jongman

1800 attacks in the past four years causing 4,000 casualties. An armed conflict largely ignored.

Phi Beta Iota:  After the unified default by Europe and the revolution in America (electoral reform in time for 2012 to flush Congressional incumbents), the next big challenge is restoring natural boundaries and dramatically accelerating the recognition of the 5,000 secessionist movements around the globe.

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This report aims to set straight a rather distorted record. It demonstrates the veracity of three vitally important facts usually obfuscated in discussions of the subject: (1) the longstanding and growing ties between the CE and its predecessor organization, the ChRI, on the one hand, and al Qaeda (AQ) and the global jihad, on the other hand; (2) the importance of the CE jihadi terrorist network as a united and organized political and military force promoting jihad in the region; and (3) the salience of local cultural and the Salifist jihadist theo-ideology and the influence of the global jihadi revolutionary movement/alliance as key, if not the main, factors drive the “violence in the North Caucasus.”