quotes Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Director John Herbst
on Russian efforts to protect Central Asian countries from the threat of ISIS:
For Russia, the threat posed by the Islamic State is, in a way, an opportunity. "Moscow is legitimately concerned about Islamic extremism in Central Asia," John Herbst, director of the Atlantic Council's Eurasia Center and former US ambassador to Uzbekistan, told Foreign Policy. "There are real threats. But will the Russians try to oversell them and persuade Central Asian governments to work more closely with them? Absolutely."