Greater Central Asia and the evolution of Central Asian islamic militancy: an analysis of regional approaches in Central Asian security

Kayhan, Hüseyin Umut
The biggest foundational crisis Central Asia is facing today is stemming from the question of how the political system can accommodate the rise of political Islam. This thesis explores both violent and non-violent streams of political Islam in Central Asia and highlights the metanarrative expressions of Islamism in the region, therefore tries to show the false binary opposition that permeates Central Asian politics, between secular authoritarianism and Islamist groups with civilizational aspirations. Although ‘securitized’ to some degree, this work understands radical Islamic organizations operating in the region as manifestations of this foundational problem and as a real threat that is being posed to security and stability in the greater region. Since evolution of violent extremism shows us that the problem has a greater regional focus, including Afghanistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas in Pakistan, this thesis investigates the applicability of regional frameworks, Regional Security Complex Theory and Greater Central Asia Partnership, to counter this threat. 


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H. U. Kayhan, “Greater Central Asia and the evolution of Central Asian islamic militancy: an analysis of regional approaches in Central Asian security,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2017.