Terrorism continues to be a concern and the government's efforts to eliminate extremism merit support, according to the majority of respondents in a recent Uzbekistani poll.
Kazakhstan's first TV series on extremism is set to air in mid-March. Filmmakers worked closely with security agencies to make the production as realistic as possible.
The return of ex-militants to their homeland is the result of joint efforts by law enforcement, security agencies, clergy, local authorities and family members.
The state programme sets four tasks: preventing extremism, reducing radicalism, stopping planned terrorist acts and successfully reacting to terrorist acts that have been committed.
Rakhmat Akilov, a 39-year-old Uzbekistani asylum seeker, faces a life sentence if convicted.
After undergoing training in Syria, Mirlanbek Turdiyev received orders to attack a warship in Vladivostok, but was arrested in Ukraine en route to the target.
Kyrgyzstan needs to modernise its Islamic education system and undertake other initiatives to protect the nation against radicalism, say analysts.
Hundreds of Kazakhstani children are living in refugee camps in Syria after their parents were killed fighting for 'Islamic State' (IS).
The defeat of IS in Iraq and Syria will bring an end to the group in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia -- where security forces are ready to deal with any new challenges, analysts say.
Co-operation between Central Asian states, as exhibited by the US and Russia in the St. Petersburg case, will help the region foil future terrorist attacks, say observers.