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In Search of Greater Monsters to Slay: Exploring the Motivations of Chechen Foreign Fighters in Syria and Iraq Fighting for the Islamic State

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dc.contributor.advisor Allen, Susan
dc.contributor.author Martin, Sarah
dc.creator Martin, Sarah
dc.date 2018-05-14
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-21T18:26:29Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-21T18:26:29Z
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/11438
dc.description.abstract This thesis considers the wave of insurgents who left Chechnya in order to fight with the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. The purpose of this study is to examine the motivations of these fighters. Stories describing their departure—including journalistic retellings, third-party recollections and self-stated motivation—collected on the blog, Chechens in Syria, compiled by Joanna Paraszczuk, is the data used for this thesis. These motivations are coded and analyzed for patterns and themes. What is extracted from these blog posts is useful for understanding the conflict in Chechnya and speaks more broadly to the state of jihadism within the region. Additionally, secondary sources and a deep literature review of foreign fighters, the ideology of the Islamic State, the conflict between Russia and Chechnya, provide further insights and complement the analysis provided.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject jihadism en_US
dc.subject foreign fighters en_US
dc.subject terrorism en_US
dc.subject Syrian Civil War en_US
dc.subject Chechnya en_US
dc.subject Russia en_US
dc.title In Search of Greater Monsters to Slay: Exploring the Motivations of Chechen Foreign Fighters in Syria and Iraq Fighting for the Islamic State en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Conflict Analysis and Resolution en_US
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en_US


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