Foreign Fighters from Central Asia: Between Renunciation and Repatriation
Central Asia represents the third biggest source of foreign fighters to Iraq and Syria. Facing the need to deal with returnees - foreign fighters and their associates, the Central Asian states transitioned from taking a peremptory position of no return and citizenship deprivation for those who travelled to the war zones to providing an active assistance in bringing them back, domestically prosecuting or rehabilitating them. This commentary outlines adopted polices and addressing dilemma of hard and soft approaches to this matter.
You can find the policy brief by the IIR researcher Elena Zhirukhina on the following link.
Dr. Elena Zhirukhina is a Senior Researcher at the IIR and among her areas of interest are Counterterrorism, Counterinsurgency, Civil wars, International law and Violent non-state actors.