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Does Malaysia have concrete counterterrorism strategies to mitigate potential terrorist attacks?

April 29, 2016

By: Munira Mustaffa While Indonesia successfully demonstrated remarkable resilience with her defiant cry of “Kami tidak takut” (“We are not intimidated”) on social media after the January 2016 attack,[1] there are some uncertainties that the same level of fortitude can be witnessed in Malaysia should a Daesh-inspired attack happen.[2] This raises some pressing debates about Malaysia’s … Continue reading “Does Malaysia have concrete counterterrorism strategies to mitigate potential terrorist attacks?”


Pushing back the black flag: The critical importance of southeast Asian security in the fight against ISIL

February 11, 2016

By: Lai Ki Cheng* On January 14th 2016, Indonesia experienced its most hard-felt kinetic strike by the Islamic State and the Levant (ISIL, also known as the Daesh militancy) in its capital of Jakarta. The city first experienced explosions from Indonesian ISIL militants followed by a series of firearm engagements. Attacks were coordinated to target … Continue reading “Pushing back the black flag: The critical importance of southeast Asian security in the fight against ISIL”


Malaysia's Daesh problem: extremism in the shadow of moderation

October 1, 2015

By Munira Mustaffa: Regional analysts and Western pundits may be inclined to wonder why Daesh’s[1] influence still persists in Malaysia, despite concerted efforts to combat the group.[2] The answer lies in the fact that with a population of approximately 240 million Muslims in the region, Southeast Asia is an ideal ground for Daesh’s radicalisation ventures. … Continue reading “Malaysia's Daesh problem: extremism in the shadow of moderation”


Can POTA counter the ISIL threat in Malaysia?

May 9, 2015

By Munira Mustaffa: Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak is painting Malaysia as “a model of moderate Islam” to the rest of the world, but the emergence of a recent recruitment video and photos from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) threatens to shatter that harmonious image.[i] The video and photos feature … Continue reading “Can POTA counter the ISIL threat in Malaysia?”


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