Sympathy for the Devil Azizbek

by Nathan Hamm on 9/22/2003

Sympathy for the Devil
Azizbek Karimov certainly deserves punishment, but it’s hard to not feel a little bit sorry for this guy.

By his account, it is a tale of a listless teenager from a
broken home sucked into the world of Islamic terrorism by choice and
circumstance, less out of ideology than inertia, dominated by others
with stronger wills, pressured by demands to repay loans and eventually
trapped by his own delusion and remorselessness.

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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