The question the students were asked to examine does not seem (to me, at least) to be very relevant to the investigation:
What is the current severity and effectiveness of the insurgency in the North and South Caucasus regions (in regards to the quantitative and geographic growth and spread of violence) and how is it likely to change between now and the 2008 Russian Presidential election?That said, and looking at it today, I think there might be some value in the large amount of background information they were able to collect, their link analysis of the various insurgency groups in the region, and their resources page (which includes a number of links to various maps of the area - I find it particularly interesting that the CommunityWalk maps they built identifying all of the attacks in the region still seem to be working!).
What are the capabilities and effectiveness of Russian military and security forces to combat the insurgency?
I have lost track of most of the students who wrote the report but I suspect they are working as analysts today and may even be working this issue. If so, good luck to you all - you did a great job back then and I am certain you are doing a great job today!