In this episode of Russian Roulette, Olya sits down with Tom Sanderson, director of the Transnational Threats Project at CSIS, to discuss a recent joint study from our two programs on the phenomenon of Russian-speaking foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria. They talk about what makes Russian and Central Asian foreign fighters unique—and what doesn’t; the scale of their involvement in Iraq and Syria and which routes they take to the battlefield; the political, economic, and cultural contexts in which these fighters become radicalized—both at home and abroad; and the challenge of what happens when those fighters come back.
Then, Olya gives an update on the ruthenium-106 leak discussed in last episode’s current affairs segment, and tackles a few mailbag questions.
To learn more about Tom and the Transnational Threats Project at CSIS, check out his bio page, here: https://www.csis.org/people/thomas-m-sanderson.
We’ll link to the joint report, here, as soon as it becomes available.
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