• Turmoil in Southern Philippines – next step towards the creation of a new ISIS Caliphate?

    Turmoil in Southern Philippines – next step towards the creation of a new ISIS Caliphate?1

    Since the 23rd of May, ISIS’s regional allies, Abu Sayyaf and Maute, have taken roots in the southern Filipino town of Marawi, despite several attempts by Manilla´s governmental forces to recapture the city. The Mindanao morass is just another milestone in a decade long conflict crippling the Southern regions of the archipelago. The growing influence of ISIS in Southeast Asia is increasingly menacing regional stability. This dramatic state of play has led to concerns about the region sheltering the next Willayah, the official provinces of ISIS. With such a threat looming on the horizon, how can regional governments develop long-term fitting responses?

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  • Tackle terrorism, not conservatism

    Tackle terrorism, not conservatism0

    Many have rushed to blame religious conservatism for a surge in terror attacks, citing Islamist extremism as the root of increased violence. Conflating the issues of terrorism and religious conservatism is not only simplistic, it is also dangerous and short-sighted. It alienates those very same communities who are our best allies in curbing the spreading of home-grown terror. An effective answer to domestic terrorism should focus on socioeconomic issues, not on religious conservatism.

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  • The ENP’s revision: More of the EU’s timid rhetoric?

    The ENP’s revision: More of the EU’s timid rhetoric?1

    When the EU reported on it revised external policies in its neighbourhood, did it deliberately overlook its shortcomings and meagre deliverables? Is the EU shying away from following a harder line with southern neighbours to achieve the agreed-upon objectives of political reform? Worst still, is the maintenance of the status quo a goal in itself?

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