RADICALISM ONLINE:

an analysis of the meaning, ideas, and values of violent extremism in Central Asia


The Research Center for Religious Studies of Kyrgyzstan and Internews conducted a study of values/meanings, ideas and views, messages of content created and distributed online by banned extremist groups among the local communities of the Central Asian region.


The centre conducted a desk analysis, a content analysis of 1,610,164 messages containing religious rhetoric, and a field study of 4,005 respondents. The study provides insight into the meanings and ideas of the messages of radical Islam preachers, the target audience and the channels for the dissemination of messages of protagonists of violent extremism, the impact of their ideas on the target audience, as well as the possible direction of communication strategies to counter the spread of radical ideas.


Link to research report


Policy breafs

As part of the study, country policy briefs for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan were prepared. They provide analysis of the key challenges of preventing online extremism, as well as a summary of the comprehensive study of the narratives and value attitudes broadcasted by violent extremist organizations and leaders through online platforms. Based on the data obtained, recommendations were also suggested to the main stakeholders involved in the prevention of violent extremism in the media space.







Links to policy briefs

Communication strategies

Also, communication strategies for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan were designed to deliver communication campaigns by mass media, non-governmental organizations, government agencies and religious leaders to prevent violent extremism among the population of Central Asia with an emphasis on youth.








Links to communication strategies