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The Structures of Chechnya's Quagmire

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The current situation in Iraq in the aftermath of the invasion by British and U.S. forces made many analysts pay closer attention to the problems facing the Russian forces in Chechnya. Rather than engaging the convoluted and politically controversial arguments regarding how comparable the two situations are, we must be clear on what is actually going on. This task is especially difficult because conducting field research is nearly impossible in Chechnya, one of the most dangerous places on Earth, with around a hundred civilians disappearing on average every month. [...]

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Professor of Social Research and Public Policy
New York University Abu Dhabi