By Kumar Ramakrishna, See Seng Tan
This ebook significantly analyses the categorical probability of terrorism in Southeast Asia because the Bali blasts of 12 October 2002 and the US-led warfare on Iraq. It deals a entire and significant exam of the ideological, socioeconomic and political motivations, trans-regional linkages, and media representations of the terrorist probability within the area, assesses the efficacy of the local counter-terror reaction and indicates a extra balanced and nuanced method of struggling with the phobia probability in Southeast Asia. The individuals contain prime students of political Islam within the area, popular terrorism and nearby protection analysts, in addition to very popular neighborhood reporters and commentators. This represents a powerful and unrivaled mixture of craftsmanship.
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Extra info for After Bali: The Threat of Terrorism in Southeast Asia
This in turn reinforces conspiracy theories like the one recounted in this volume by Tank Hafidz (Chapter 17), that the "CIA and Mossad masterminded the Bali bombings to prove that terrorist networks do exist in Indonesia, so that Jakarta would be drawn into supporting the American-imposed war on terror". Within such a supercharged political and ideological context, is it not at all surprising that Jakarta feels that it must tread very carefully in sentencing radicals like Bashir; that in setting up the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Counter-Terrorism in 2003 Kuala Lumpur took pains to deny any overt "US interference" in its running; and that Thai Muslims in the southern town of Narathiwat regarded the arrests of alleged JI militants in their midst as a "gesture of appeasement to the United States, and that US President George W.
Nathan in this respect argues that both ASEAN and the wider ASEAN Regional Forum (ARE) "face major constraints in their ability to respond swiftly to acts of terrorism in Southeast Asia due to at least four factors that characterise the regional security environment": (1) Porous borders and generally weak immigration controls, with administrative requirements being surmounted through corruption; (2) longstanding economic and trade links between Southeast Asia and Middle Eastern and South Asian countries, many of which operate outside normal financial channels not readily monitored by governments, and which in turn have facilitated funds transfers from the Middle East and South Asia to radical groups in the region; (3) widespread criminal activity including drug trafficking in the region which in turn can facilitate die movement of resources by terrorists; and (4) the availability of large supplies of indigenously produced and imported weapons in Southeast Asia.
Sahni's argument, moreover, about the "immensely fluid" concentrations of terrorists and by implication, the innate difficulties of bracketing a well-defined geographical location as a static 16 After Bali: The Threat of Terrorism in Southeast Asia "front", is further buttressed in these pages. Both Abuza and Ramakrishna stress that the relative inaction of the Bangladeshi government in dealing with radical Islamist extremism within its borders helps sustain terrorist activity in neighbouring Southeast Asia, and has even enabled linkages to be brokered between South Asian and Southeast Asian radical Islamists.
After Bali: The Threat of Terrorism in Southeast Asia by Kumar Ramakrishna, See Seng Tan