CEP Senior Advisor Alexander Ritzmann writes: "Nonetheless, western media has come to develop a sort of Azov obsession, buoyed by a complete lack of nuance in the reporting around this group. One key factor missing in all of the analyses of the Azov: the difference between the Azov movement and the Azov regiment. The West’s Azov obsession and the inability to properly understand the overall phenomenon has even led to the spread of damaging anti-Ukraine propaganda in the media."

April 12, 2022
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Tuesday, Apr 05, 2022

CEP Webinar: Extremist Foreign Fighters Traveling to Ukraine: Security Risks and Mitigation Measures

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Alexander Ritzmann – CEP senior advisor
Joshua Fisher-Birch – CEP research analyst 
Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler – CEP senior director
Sofia Koller – CEP senior research analyst

Read the updated CEP Policy Brief here. 

Based on this research and in-depth monitoring of the current situation, CEP experts discussed the various challenges governments face in preventing the departure of such individuals as well as the necessary proactive steps governments in Europe and North America should urgently initiate to establish a flexible system for returnee management, including in cooperation with relevant civil society organizations. Such as system must encompass options for prosecutions as well as deradicalization and reintegration mechanisms.

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"Gregory Waters, an analyst at the Counter Extremism Project and nonresident fellow at the Middle East Institute, said there are more than a dozen recruitment centres in Syria run by Moscow-backed private pro-government armed groups."

April 1, 2022
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CEP Senior Director Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler article: "This article will look at the current and dynamic environment of the sanctions targeting Russia in light of the experience with sanctions against Iran. In addition, it will outline some of the key lessons that are implemented now and attempt to ascertain in which direction the sanctions environment may develop. Finally, the article will summarize some key steps that should be undertaken to avoid undue impact on compliance processes."

March 16, 2022
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Extremists: Their Words. Their Actions.


On June 24, 2017, Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan (TTP) launched back-to-back explosions at a market in Kurram Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in northwest Pakistan. The attack killed 67 people who were shopping in preparation for a religious holiday and wounded 200 others. 

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