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This image made from an undated video shows Tarkhan Batirashvili, known as Omar al-Shishani, among a group of Islamic State fighters (AP Photo/militant social media account via AP video).

Syria Jihadi Role Puts Georgia’s Extremists in Spotlight

By Michael Cecire
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The overrepresentation of Chechens from Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge in Syria’s Islamist rebel leadership has reignited interest in the rugged valley bordering Chechnya. But it has also led to fears that Pankisi may be used as a casus belli for Russian intervention into Georgia.

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New Growth for Nuclear Energy Depends on Asia

By Miles A. Pomper
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Does the nuclear energy industry still have exciting possibilities for growth, or are its best days behind it? A web of factors—economic, political and technical, both within countries and globally—will determine whether nuclear energy enjoys a new lease on life or slowly limps toward the grave. more