The Future of Ingushetia (Video Available)

Introduction:


Glen Howard
President, The Jamestown Foundation

“The Situation in Ingushetia”
Fatima Tlisova
Human Rights Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University

“The Ingush Jamaat: The New Face of Resistance in the North Caucasus”
Dr. Mairbek Vatchagaev

“The Future of Prigorodny Raion: An Assessment of Ingush-Ossetian Relations”
Valery Dzutsev
Independent Journalist

Dr. Paul Goble
Commentator

Wednesday, November 28, 2007
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The Jamestown Foundation
1111 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
7th Floor Conference Room

Ingushetia has seen a sharp increase in violence in the past year, joining Chechnya as one of the most volatile areas of the North Caucasus. Ingush insurgents led by Akhmed Yevloev, a.k.a. Magas, have wounded and killed dozens of federal troops and local police in ambushes, drive-by shootings and bombings. The fact that Chechen rebel leader Dokka Umarov named Magas to replace the late Shamil Basaev as the Caucasian insurgency’s top military commander suggests that the rebels now view Ingushetia as perhaps the primary front in their war against Moscow. The federal authorities, for their part, deployed an additional 2,500 troops in August to restore stability to the tiny republic. That move, according to human rights activists in Ingushetia, has meant increased violence against Ingush civilians, including disappearances and extra-judicial killings. Meanwhile, tensions have also flared between the Ingush and Ossetians over the disputed province of Prigorodny Raion as popular dissatisfaction with the administration of Ingush President Murat Zyazikov has reached critical mass with the killing of a six-year-old boy during a federal security operation. As one observer put it, Ingushetia is “on the brink of a revolution.”

Join us for an extensive three-hour discussion on the future of Ingushetia by a leading group of experts on the North Caucasus.

As space is limited, reservations are required. Please e-mail your name and affiliation to: [email protected]

Directions:

The Jamestown Foundation

1111 16th St. NW

Washington, DC 20036