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Jean-François Ratelle
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Jean-François Ratelle is a postdoctoral fellow and a part-time faculty member at the George Washington University. He is an expert on Russia, the North Caucasus, terrorism, and civil war. He conducted 6 months of field research in Dagestan and Chechnya in order to study the patterns of rebellion and radicalisation in the region.

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A Power Shift in the Caucasus Emirate: The Vilayat Dagestan Threat and Its Implications for the Sochi Olympics

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 1:04 PM

The Vilayat Dagestan, a Salafist insurgent group under the umbrella of the Caucasus Emirate, claimed responsibility for the most recent suicide attacks in Volgograd. At the same time, they openly threatened to target international athletes and tourists coming to Russia for the Sochi Olympics. If this most recent...

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The Sochi Olympics: Understanding Terroristic Threats Emanating From the Caucasus Emirate

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 10:16 AM

In July 2013, Doku Umarov declared his will to disrupt the Sochi Olympics and what he described as "satanic dances on the bones of our ancestors". He called for all Muslims and his followers to use any methods, including violent ones, in order to achieve this goal. With...

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Contextualizing Religious Profiling in Dagestan: Tsarnaev and the Kotrova Mosque

(5) Comments | Posted April 28, 2013 | 4:25 PM

In the last 24 hours, several media agencies have reported that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had visited the Kotrova Mosque in Makhachkala. In Dagestan this mosque is known to be associated with radical Islam and Salafism. It was reported by the media that local sources, probably linked with the security...

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Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Dagestan and Chechnya: Why and How?

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 10:54 AM

As early information emerged from various media sources, it quickly became clear that what we were witnessing with the Tsarnaev brothers was a case of home-grown terrorism carried out by first-generation immigrants who were poorly integrated into the American society. The older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, displayed precise characteristics and pathways...

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