Sample Essay

Why have some analysts (Crouch, Fealy) been so critical of the studies of Abuza, Gunaratna and others, particularly where their analyses of the situation in Indonesia and southern Thailand are concerned?

  • Lack of credible evidence to show how the country is a hotbed for terrorist activity
  • The rise of Islamic militancy in the region is based upon mass recruitment by the Jeemah Islamiyah and the existence of the Kumpulan Mujahidin Malaysia both of which are in question
  • Public perception of the current threat is the result of misinformation fed by U.S officials and the Indonesian government (Fealy 2009)

‘The most significant threat of all to the Philippines and the wider region is the possibility of international terrorism and domestic insurgency becoming closely interwoven and mutually reinforcing’ (Fealy 2009)
Focussing on Jemaah Islamiya (JI), the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Abu Sayaff Group (ASG), how do you assess the threat in the southern Philippines?

  • Currently the ASG is the most viable threat to the peace in the region. With its ties to the JI group it is a force to be reckoned with
  • The MILF is not as big a threat and condemns the actions of the Abu Sayaff group
  • The main source of finance for the ASG is through kidnappings
  • Joint collaboration by the U.S and the Philippines have hampered their ability to operate
  • Currently the ASG is believed to be in a state of degeneration (Liow 2006)

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