The Caucasus Dialogue - 2016. Opinions and comments
The second day of the Caucasus Dialogue – 2016 has passed at the premises of the Chechen State Pedagogical University.
Deputy Head of the Department of Investment Projects and Programs of the Ministry of North Caucasus Affairs of the Russian Federation Rustam Tapayev told participants about existing ways of economic development of the region. He stressed that the main emphasis in development of the North Caucasus was on focusing all the capabilities on achieving specific advantages. They were also trying to provide economic feasibility for those initiatives, which already existed. Rustam Tapayev mentioned development of agriculture and tourism (around 50 related industries) as priority areas of the North Caucasus Federal District. He believes that tourist route “Silk Road: Derbent – Mineralnye Vody” (across all the republics of the North Caucasus Federal District) is promising.
Associate Professor at the Department of Foreign Regional Studies and Foreign Policy of the Russian State University for the Humanities Sergey Markedonov introduced the participants to the foreign policy of Russia in the Middle East and told about interconnections between the Caucasus and the Middle East, the role and influence of Turkey, Iran, and Israel on the countries of the South Caucasus.
The work continued by a presentation of senior research fellow at the Center for the Problems of the Caucasus and Regional Security at MGIMO Akhmet Yarlykapov on the topic of “Evolution of Extremist Movements in the Caucasus”. Together with the expert, Assistant to the President of the Chechen Republic and Chairman of the Council for Development of the Civil Society and Human Rights under the President of the Chechen Republic Timur Aliev shared his opinion regarding the topic raised.
Head of the District Representatives Unit of the Ministry of Youth Affairs of the Chechen Republic and expert in combatting extremism and terrorism Islam Saydayev also commented on the problems discussed. In the beginning of the discussion, the participants were introduced to terminology, characteristics and existing differences (Salafism, Wahhabism, and Islamism). Akhment Yarlykapov told about emerging radical and extremist organizations and an existing opinion that extremist movements had been brought exclusively from abroad. The expert told about dynamics of radicalization, Islam and political processes, politicization of extremism and the role of war. Many words were said about terrorist network the Caucasus Emirate, which existed as an “emirate” only on the Internet.
A full text of the article in Russian can be found here