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JAD & Emerging International Threats from Indonesia

By: Jeff Bates photo credit: McBeth, John. 2019. Al Qaeda vs. ISIS for Indonesia’s terror crown With Indonesia being the fourth most populous nation on the planet, and with the largest Muslim majority of any country, the threat of Islamic extremism emanating from Indonesia cannot be overlooked.  Malaysia, the Philippines,…

Malaysia-China Ties: Improving and Degrading Simultaneously

By: Jacob Crandall Following the US global ban on Chinese tech-company Huawei, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad came out stating that Malaysia would continue to roll out the company’s 5G cellular expansion. Additionally, China is investing heavily into Malaysia’s infrastructure with their Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The BRI is…

South East Asian Countries Reject the West’s Trash

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By: Jacob Crandall For years the United States and other Western countries sold millions of tons of used soda bottles, juice containers, shampoo bottles, and other plastics to be recycled into new products in China.  At the end of 2018, China halted their imports of recyclables, creating a crisis for…

ISIS in the Philippines (Part III – Conclusion)

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By: Jeff Bates See Part I Here See Part II Here Image of a Marine training Philippine soldiers in urban warfare. (2017. PH, US Marines hold joint urban warfare training amid Marawi offensives). Sustainability of a Caliphate It is debatable whether the newly created caliphate would survive economically in the…

ISIS in the Philippines (Part II)

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By: Jeff Bates See Part I here Beginning of ISIS in the Philippines Starting in 2016, ISIS’s leadership encouraged Muslims to start an Islamic State in Southeast Asia. Volunteers came from distant countries including Chechnya, Somalia, and Yemen (Beech, Hannah; Gutierrez, Jason. 2019). In 2017, militants loyal to ISIS took…