Terrorism in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore: challenge and response

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Terrorism in the region has not been a new development, as there has been an enduring desire by some for an Islamic state in Indonesia, which in turn explains the persistence of terrorism in the Malay Archipelago. While the Al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah was progressively decimated by security forces after 9–11, the void it left was quickly filled by the Islamic State. The historical persistence of a militant minority suggests an enduring alienation by some to the modern and independent post-colonial secular state. This implies that terrorism in the region will never really be defeated, and the realistic objective will therefore have to be containing it within acceptable boundaries. Regional counter-terrorism remains a long-term endeavour as well as a work in progress, with continued room and urgency for improvement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTerrorism and insurgency in Asia
Subtitle of host publicationa contemporary examination of terrorist and separatist movements
EditorsBenjamin Schreer, Andrew T. H. Tan
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780429031038
ISBN (Print)9781857439182
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameEuropa Regional Perspectives


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