Violence between the Russian Federation and Chechnya has been aproblem in the North Caucasus region since the collapse of the SovietUnion. This violence has included two wars, utilizing conventionalRussian military forces to engage Chechen fighters as well as numerousoperations conducted against Russian civilians by Chechens within Russiaitself. As with the conflict in Northern Ireland, this violence hasgenerally come to an end.
- What impact did religion, culture, and political considerations have on the origins of this conflict?
- What prompted Russian forces to launch two large scale military operations into Chechnya?
- What impact did the attack at Beslan School Number One have on the conflict?
- Was this attack a legitimate military action considering the circumstances in Chechnya?
- Should Chechen forces be considered terrorists? Why or why not?
- Why did the conflict in Chechnya de-escalate, and how does this de-escalation compare to that in Northern Ireland?
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