Gauging the “Threat” of Islamism in Central Asia

by Joshua Foust on 5/11/2009

I’ll happily defer to others more knowledgeable of this topic than I am (ahem, ahem, Noah) but what’s with the State Department claiming the Ferghana Valley is about to fall to Islamist terrorism? Not only is this not a particularly new story—various forms of it have been circulating for well over a decade—but Joshua Kucera noticed that the State Department was oddly silent on the same terrorist groups and human rights issues it worried about at length in 2007. What gives?

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Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from His research focuses primarily on Central and South Asia. Joshua is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for PBS Need to Know. Joshua appears regularly on the BBC World News, Aljazeera, and international public radio. Joshua's writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Christian Science Monitor. Follow him on twitter: @joshuafoust

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