SpringerBriefs in Policing

Counterterrorism in Areas of Political Unrest

The Case of Russia's Northern Caucasus

Authors: Burger, Ethan S., Cheloukhine, Serguei

  • Presents consise case study of the counterterrorism challenges and strategies in Russia's Northern Caucasus
  • Provides a framework  for counterterrorism in other areas of political unrest or countries in transition
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​​Political transitions often create new law enforcement challenges. This Brief provides an examination of such special law enforcement challenges in the Northern Caucasas, both due to the unique structure of the crime groups that are active in the region, and to the unique social and political environment in which they operate. 

In 2002, Russian President Vladamir Putin declared the end of the war in Chechnya.  In 2006, he announced the insurgency was defeated.  Yet today, Russia maintains a significant Internal Police  presence in the Northern Caucasus to contain approximately 700 insurgents at a cost estimated to be more than the equivalent of $1 billion per year. Russian law enforcement, armed forces, and their local proxies are fighting irregular forces that operate in a manner akin to organized crime groups or terrorist cells.  These groups have formed flexible networks which can sustain heavy losses, including the “decapitation” of their leaders, only to reconstitute themselves ready to fight another day.

Beginning with a historical overview of the police and military structures in the region, this Brief provides a case study into the origins, structures, and unique strategies for counter-terrorism policing in these complex conditions.  It also provides recommendations for the future, and a framework for understanding similar cases of terrorist operations in areas of political unrest, an increasing global threat.​   

About the authors

Ethan S. Burger, A.B. Harvard University (Soviet/Russia Area Studies, Magna cum laude, 1981); J.D. Georgetown University Law Center (Cum laude, 1989); Member, the District of Columbia and Maryland Bars; Admitted to Practice: the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Columbia and Maryland (USA). Dr. Serguei Cheloukhine’s areas of expertise are Corruption, Corrupt Networks, Organized Crime, Anti-Money Laundering and Financing Terrorism, Criminal Justice and Policing. Dr. Cheloukhine worked as a police officer in Caucasus and Chechnya, and then professor and the Department of Social Sciences chairperson at the Rostov-on-Don Law School (former Higher Police Academy) for ten years. From 1997 to 2001, he was the first Russian police officer working at the Nathanson Center for the Study of Organized Crime and Corruption (Toronto, Canada) as a researcher and finishing his PhD. Cheloukhine participated in projects that studied Transnational Organized Crime, Corruption, Money Laundering and Terrorism, International Policing. Current Cheloukhine’s research and publications focused on organized crime and corrupt networks in Russia and Countries of Independent States. Government Officials and Law enforcement in Canada, Sweden, Finland, Australia, Brazil, Italy, China, Kazakhstan and Russia highly accredit Cheloukhine’s academic and practical contributions.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • The “Legal Framework” to Fight Terrorists

    Burger, Ethan S. (et al.)

    Pages 1-15

  • The Northern Caucasus as a Colonial Phenomenon

    Burger, Ethan S. (et al.)

    Pages 17-20

  • Conceptualizations of Russian Counterterrorism

    Burger, Ethan S. (et al.)

    Pages 21-25

  • The Parties’ Strategies and Tactics

    Burger, Ethan S. (et al.)

    Pages 27-45

  • Conflict Dynamics: Tipping Points, Social and Political Networks, and Momentum

    Burger, Ethan S. (et al.)

    Pages 47-50

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Counterterrorism in Areas of Political Unrest
Book Subtitle
The Case of Russia's Northern Caucasus
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Policing
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-5140-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-5140-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-5139-6
Series ISSN
2194-6213
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 61
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