Our newest report takes a closer look at the topic of Russia and anti-terrorism. Ever since Russia launched a military campaign against Islamic State of Iraq and the Greater Syria (ISIS) in October 2015, there has been increased interest in Russia’s efforts to roll back the gains made by Islamic extremists in the Middle East. Given the recent unprecedented terrorist attacks in both Paris and Brussels, there has been even more interest in possible cooperation between Russia and the West in tackling the problem at the source.
The report includes a brief overview of the goals, accomplishments and challenges of Russia’s military campaign in Syria. It also contains a review of the rise of extremism and terrorism in Europe, analyzes the link between the civil war in Syria and the growth of the terrorist threat to Europe, takes a closer look at the risk of terrorism being imported into Russia, and concludes with a consideration of possible ways that Russia and Europe might become part of the same anti-terrorist coalition.
The authors of the report are Nikolay Surkov, Associate Professor at MGIMO University, Nadezhda Arbatova, Head of the Department for European Political Studies at the Institute for World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) at the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Nicolas Stockhammer, Member of the “Polemology & Legal Ethics” research cluster, a project between the University of Vienna and the Austrian National Defense Academy.