By Kumar Ramakrishna, See Seng Tan
This ebook seriously analyses the explicit probability of terrorism in Southeast Asia because the Bali blasts of 12 October 2002 and the US-led struggle on Iraq. It deals a finished and significant exam of the ideological, socioeconomic and political motivations, trans-regional linkages, and media representations of the terrorist danger within the zone, assesses the efficacy of the nearby counter-terror reaction and indicates a extra balanced and nuanced method of fighting the fear possibility in Southeast Asia. The individuals comprise major students of political Islam within the sector, popular terrorism and neighborhood safety analysts, in addition to very hot nearby newshounds and commentators. This represents a powerful and unmatched blend of craftsmanship.
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While there has been no lack of counter-terror activities within ASEAN, K. S. Nathan however, acknowledges that the bigger challenge for the association would be to move more boldly and aggressively to engage "in non-traditional cooperation to address nontraditional threats to regional security". Apart from suggestions of less than optimal inter-state co-operation in the war on terror in Southeast Asia, a second oft-heard criticism is that some Southeast Asian governments have been too slow in taking decisive action against terror cells and activities within their national boundaries.
Ramakrishna (Chapter 14) concurs with Goh's general assessment of US strategy, pointing out that the Bush Administration's NSCT document in particular, that divides states neady into "willing" and "reluctant" partners in the global counter-terror war is too abstract. He opines that the "reality is not reducible to simple black and white terms": The essential concern, even in relatively "willing" states such as Singapore and Malaysia, is that if governments are seen to be too closely aligned with the US, this would provoke an electoral and even militant Muslim backlash.
While JI for instance, may have had closer contact and association with Al Qaeda, as Williams observes, Gerakan Aceh Merdeka (GAM) in Aceh, is driven by local issues essentially, and has had only "marginal association" with Osama bin Laden. Williams adds that a major problem facing the majority of academics engaged in terrorism analysis is that they have access to only a "small percentage" of the total information available. Intelligence agencies have total control of the relevant data and as is well known, rarely see it fit to share such information with one another, let alone academics.
After Bali: The Threat of Terrorism in Southeast Asia by Kumar Ramakrishna, See Seng Tan