The link below is to a a lecture Dr. Gordon M. Hahn delivered at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in September 2011. A year and a half later Caucasus Emirate-inspired immigrants to the U.S. from the North Caucasus republic of Dagestan carried out a terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon in April 2013. A year later Dr. Hahn was informed by a congressional staffer after his testimony at a congressional hearing on ‘violence’ in Russia’s North Caucasus that a report on the Boston attack being drafted by the congressional committee and based in good part on my work had effectively been censored by the White House to remove all references to my work but one, as I ‘was not to be trusted.’
Getting the Caucasus Emirate Right: Global Jihadism in Russia’s North Caucasus
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Center for Strategic and International Studies1800 K Street, NWWashington DC, 20006
The Russia and Eurasia Program hosted the launch of our new report “Getting the Caucasus Emirate Right: Global Jihadism in Russia’s North Caucasus,” authored by the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program Senior Associate, Dr. Gordon Hahn. The discussion also featured Lieutenant Colonel Robert W. Schaefer, the author of “The Insurgency in Chechnya and the North Caucasus, From Gazavat to Jihad.”
Dr. Hahn’s report aims to set straight a rather distorted record. It demonstrates the veracity of three vitally important facts usually obfuscated in discussions of the subject: (1) the longstanding and growing ties between the Caucasus Emirate (CE) and its predecessor organization, the Chechen Republic of Ichkeriya, on the one hand, and al Qaeda and the Global jihad, on the other hand; (2) the importance of the CE jihadi terrorist network as a united and organized political and military force promoting jihad in the region; and (3) the salience of local culture and the Salifist jihadist theo-ideology and influence of the Global jihadi revolutionary movement as key, if not main, factors driving the “violence in the North Caucasus.”
Dr. Hahn is author of the well-received books Russia’s Islamic Threat (Yale University Press, 2007), Russia’s Revolution From Above, 1985-2000 (Transaction Publishers, 2002) and numerous articles in academic journals and English and Russian language media. He has taught at Boston, American, Stanford, San Jose State, and San Francisco State Universities and as a Fulbright Scholar at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia. Dr. Hahn also has been a fellow at the Kennan Institute and the Hoover Institution. Dr. Hahn writes and edits the bimonthly ‘Islam, Islamism, and Politics in Eurasia Report.’
About the Author – Gordon M. Hahn, Ph.D., is an Expert Analyst at Corr Analytics, http://www.canalyt.com and a Senior Researcher at the Center for Terrorism and Intelligence Studies (CETIS), Akribis Group, www.cetisresearch.org. Dr. Hahn is the author of the forthcoming book: The Russian Dilemma: Aspiration, Trepidation, and the West in the Making of Russia’s Security Culture (McFarland, 2021). Previously, he has authored four well-received books: Ukraine Over the Edge: Russia, the West, and the “New Cold War” (McFarland, 2018); The Caucasus Emirate Mujahedin: Global Jihadism in Russia’s North Caucasus and Beyond (McFarland, 2014), Russia’s Islamic Threat (Yale University Press, 2007), and Russia’s Revolution From Above: Reform, Transition and Revolution in the Fall of the Soviet Communist Regime, 1985-2000 (Transaction, 2002). He also has published numerous think tank reports, academic articles, analyses, and commentaries in both English and Russian language media.
Dr. Hahn also has taught at Boston, American, Stanford, San Jose State, and San Francisco State Universities and as a Fulbright Scholar at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia and has been a senior associate and visiting fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Kennan Institute in Washington DC, and the Hoover Institution.