The following experts gave presentations during the seminar
- Dan Masters (UNC Wilmington)
- Jean-Francois “Jeff” Ratelle (George Washington University)
- Sergey Markedonov (Center for Strategic and International Studies)
Chechnya: Transformation of a Separatist Conflict
This regional seminar will evaluated the post-conflict evolution of Chechnya. In 2009, the Counterterrorism Operations end in Chechnya marking the “official” end of the second Chechen War ushering in an era of post-conflict transformation. The post-conflict phase presents an array of interesting situations. First, the coming Olympics in Sochi present an opportunity to capitalize on the event to reinvigorate the regional economy. Second, direct rule from Moscow presents an opportunity to forge good relations between the titular Muslim majorities. Ramzan Kadyrov occupies a special place among regional leaders in Russia. He is allowed full control over the law-enforcement agencies, and ensures recruits are ethnically Chechen. Moreover, all Chechen criminals are jailed only in Chechnya. Kadyrov also manages his own external ties with states in the Middle East. Overall Chechnya has managed to create a high degree of autonomy, while functioning in a personal union with Putin in Moscow. Finally, the pattern of violence in the region suggests a diffusion of violence in the direction of criminal networks, and political terrorism, within and beyond Chechnya
Through the seminar, participants:
- Improve upon existing knowledge of Chechnya and the borderland constituent units of Dagestan and Ingushetia in the post-war period since 2009.
- Deepen knowledge on how direct rule institutions serve to disrupt conflict
- Explore post-war economic development in Chechnya
- Gain insights into the cultural expressions Chechnya in Russian culture.