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Extremists will exploit South-east Asia defence gaps

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Significance

The quotations refer to the IS-linked Maute group which took control of parts of Marawi City last month. The attack renewed South-east Asian concern about the regional terrorist threat.

Impacts

  • South-east Asian countries will need to invest more in maritime security capacity, but available funds could be limited.
  • Increased naval security will see more strenuous customs checks, potentially slowing shipping operations and tourism.
  • The Indonesian military’s role in domestic politics will grow as a by-product of the current counterterrorism requirements.
  • An end-June reshuffle of Malaysia’s police force leadership could interfere with counterterrorism efforts.
  • Regional governments may need to step up domestic counter-radicalisation efforts.
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