Terrorism in Southeast Asia

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Terrorism in Southeast Asia Bruce Vaughn, Coordinator Specialist in Asian Affairs Emma Chanlett-Avery Specialist in Asian Affairs Ben Dolven Section Research Manager Mark E. Manyin Specialist in Asian Affairs Michael F. Martin Analyst in Asian Trade and Finance Larry A. Niksch Specialist in Asian Affairs October 16, 2009 Congressional Research Service 7-5700 www.crs.gov RL34194 CRS Report for Congress Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress Terrorism in Southeast Asia Summary Since September 2001, the United States has increased focus on radical Islamist and terrorist groups in Southeast Asia, particularly those in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. Southeast Asia has…show more content…
The report looks at the rise of Islamist militancy and the JI network, and discusses terrorism in the region, concluding with options for U.S. policy. Strategies include placing greater emphasis on attacking institutions that support terrorism, building up regional governments’ capacities for combating terrorist groups, and reducing the sense of alienation among Muslim citizens. Congressional Research Service Terrorism in Southeast Asia Contents The Rise of Islamist Militancy in Southeast Asia .........................................................................1 Overview ..............................................................................................................................1 The Rise of Al Qaeda in Southeast Asia.................................................................................2 The Jemaah Islamiyah Network ..................................................................................................3 History of Jemaah Islamiyah .................................................................................................5 Jemaah Islamiyah’s Relationship to Al Qaeda........................................................................5 Jemaah Islamiyah’s Size and Structure ..................................................................................6 Major Plots
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