Michael Hart

Has the Islamic State Threat Bypassed India?

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India’s security and intelligence communities have remained one step ahead of Islamic State so far. But has the threat actually passed?

Cambodia-Laos Border Dispute: Geopolitical Flashpoint or Playing Politics?

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The Cambodia-Laos border dispute has a peculiar a way of only flaring up ahead of election season.

Winners and Losers in the Maritime Border Deal between Australia and Timor-Leste

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Australia has sent a strong message to China by accepting a non-binding maritime border ruling from the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

Brunei Abandons South China Sea Claim for Chinese Finance


The first domino of ASEAN claimant states has fallen as Brunei goes silent on the South China Sea dispute in exchange for closer economic cooperation with China.

Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters Assume ISIS’ Mantle in the Philippines’ Troubled South

Confiscated weapons from the Marawi siege, public domain Philippines Presidential Communications Operation Office, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Confiscated_Weapons_Marawi_crisis_June_2017.jpg

An ISIS-linked extremist group is threatening the peace process in the Philippines’ restive Mindanao region.

Malaysia’s Counterterrorism Strategy: Keeping ISIS in Check

080715-N-4431B-568 BUKIT TIOMAN DARAT, Malaysia (July 15, 2008) Malaysian Army Rangers and Marines assigned to Combat Assault Co., 3rd Marine Regiment, wade ashore from Landing Craft Unit (LCU) 1634 during a Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2008 amphibious assault exercise. CARAT is an annual series of bilateral maritime training exercises involving the U.S. and several Southeast Asian nations designed to build relationships and enhance operational readiness. U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Daryl Borgquist (Released)

What can we learn from Malaysia’s counterterrorism successes?

The Long Road to Justice for Sri Lanka Civil War Victims

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Victims on both sides of the Sri Lanka civil war are still searching for closure.

Gauging the Success of Bangladesh’s Anti-Terror Crackdown

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The 2016 Dhaka café attack was a wake-up call on the threat of extremism in Bangladesh. But did the authorities get the message?

Indonesia Faced with a Resurgence of Islamist Terrorism

Flag of the Islamic State, cc GlobalPanorama

Indonesia has enjoyed peace on the terrorism front since the days of Jemaah Islamiyah and its bloody campaign of the 1990s and 2000s. But that might be about to change.

Will the Siege of Marawi Be Repeated in the Philippines?

Bombing of Marawi City, cc Wikicommons Mark Jhomel, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bombing_on_Marawi_City.jpg

The Philippine Army is closing in on the last remaining militants in Marawi. But this might not be the last time we see an ISIS-linked group seize territory in restive Mindanao.

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