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Islamist Extremism in the Philippines

January 9, 2018

By Jamie Matthews   On October 17 2017, Philippine President Duterte declared that the city of Marawi had been ‘liberated from terrorist influence‘. The city, located on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, had been under siege by militant groups fighting under the flag of the so-called Islamic State (IS). While the Government’s victory is … Continue reading “Islamist Extremism in the Philippines”


The Philippines Drug War and Duterte’s foreign policy

February 7, 2017

By: Kanishka Lad On 30 January 2016, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald dela Rosa announced a temporary suspension of the ‘drug war’ initiated by the incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte. The war has allegedly killed more than 7,000 individuals since it was initiated by the President following his inauguration in May 2016 and his landslide … Continue reading “The Philippines Drug War and Duterte’s foreign policy”


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”


Financing Terror, Part III: Kidnapping for ransom in the Philippines

January 26, 2015

By Samuel A. Smith: Abstract: The international community has been relatively successful in restricting terrorist financing, so terrorist organisations have turned to alternative means to fund their organisations. The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) is currently one of the most prominent terrorist organisations in the Philippines and Southeast Asia and is but one example of a … Continue reading “Financing Terror, Part III: Kidnapping for ransom in the Philippines”


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