Michael Hart

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

Sri Lanka, cc Flickr Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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

Gauging the Success of Bangladesh’s Anti-Terror Crackdown

Hasina2, cc Russell Watkin/Department for International Development, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sheikh_Hasina,_Honourable_Prime_Minister_of_Bangladesh.jpg

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.

Mindanao Conflict Risks Spike in Southeast Asia Piracy

TankerPiracy, cc Flickr Stephanie Young Merzel, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The waters of Southeast Asia are slowly becoming a hotspot of global piracy. And given recent trends in Mindanao, the situation is about to get a lot worse.

Myanmar: Ground Zero for China-India Energy Competition

Aung, Source Senat Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej Author Michał Józefaciuk, cc Wikicommons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aung_San_Suu_Kyi_Senate_of_Poland.JPG

Although democratization has brought added scrutiny to joint ventures in Myanmar, the NLD government is very much in need of the infrastructure investment that China and India can offer.

Japan Stands Firm on Senkaku Islands in East China Sea

150211-N-ZZ999-190, cc Flickr Naval Surface Warriors, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Though less prominent than the South China Sea dispute of late, the fight for the Senkaku Islands is far from over.

US-Vietnam Rapprochement Fast-tracked amid South China Sea Dispute

By U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Timothy Smith [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

President Obama’s upcoming visit to Vietnam reflects how the South China Sea dispute has made unlikely allies out of the two countries.

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