Caucasus Dialogue – 2015. Day 2. A religious factor among threats to security

04 December 2015

The Caucasus Dialogue - 2015 continues its work in Pyatigorsk. The second day of the research and educational program was opened by a tour around the city. Guests of the forum visited the most famous sights that are inseparably associated with life and work of Mikhail Lermontov.


After that, issues of impact of a religious factor and a need for an inter-confessional dialogue were discussed within the framework of a roundtable dedicated to traditional and new risks and challenges to security in Caucasus. Senior research fellow of the Center for the Reginal Security and Caucasus Studies of the Institute of International Studies at MGIMO Akhmet Yarlykapov and Associate Professor of Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University Maxim Suchkov were moderating the discussion.


A discussion at the table covered Islamism in Caucasus (before Daesh) and network terrorist organizations based on the example of Wahabiite and Salafi projects. An important question was asked: had Daesh come to Caucasus or Caucasus had come to Daesh?


As it was mentioned by the experts, arrival of this organization, banned here, also brought an unexpected result: the most troublesome extremists left the country, which allowed, in particular, holding the Olympic Games in Sochi.

A full text of the article in Russian can be found here