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The Lahad Datu Incursion and its Impact …

SEARCCT recently published a monograph entitled "The Lahad Datu Incursion and its Impact on Malaysia's Security". It looks at the various threats to Sabah Eastern seaboar... Read more

A Theoretical Framework for Understandin…

This article will firstly, attempt the aforementioned task. Second, it will also draw attention to the importance of cognitive extremism as a potential precursor to ... Read more

Definition and Framework of Cyber Terori…

Cyberspace is a virtual place that has become as important as physical space for social, economic and political activities. Many nations in the world are increasing their... Read more

The Pool of Terrorism: A Philippine Case…

There are many explanations on why young persons join terrorist organisations. One focuses on pull factors that strongly draw the youth to enter organisations that promot... Read more

The Evolving of Think Tanks in Counterin…

To counter violent extremism, over 100 think tanks are currently engaged in teaching, research, networking and outreach activities. The ability of think tanks to develop ... Read more

Understanding the Narrative of the Terro…

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Manila, The Philippines: Philippines peace deal is far from a done deal.
Terror groups like Abu Sayyaf will challenge a pact whose beneficial effects will be felt far beyond the southern Philippines.
The framework peace agreement unveiled by the Philippines government and the main southern Muslim insurgent group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), is a feather in the cap of President Benigno Aquino after 15 years of on-off talks and failed ceasefires, and may significantly boost regional security. But the autonomy deal faces a long, obstacle-strewn road to final implementation in 2016 and is certain to be challenged by splinter groups and terrorist gangs in Mindanao and by Aquino's political opponents in Manila.
In bullish mood, Aquino stressed the prospective economic benefits that peace would bring to a region that is home to a treasure trove of largely untapped natural resources, including oil, gas and minerals. "This framework agreement paves the way for final and enduring peace in Mindanao. This means that the hands that once held rifles will be put to use tilling land, selling produce, manning work stations and opening doorways of opportunity," he said.
If the deal really does bring an end to the violence, the beneficial effects may be felt far beyond the southern Philippines. The majority Muslim population of Mindanao – the Philippines as a whole is predominantly Roman Catholic – has been caught up in a separatist struggle spanning the past 40 years that is said to have claimed the lives of 120,000 people.
In recent years, al-Qaida-linked terrorist groups seeking regional sway, such as Abu Sayyaf in Mindanao and mainly Indonesia-based Jemmah Islamiyah (JI), sought to recast the conflict as a jihad to create an Islamic caliphate. Their trail of bombings, kidnapping, beheadings, and destabilisation and infiltration operations ranged from Mindanao to Bali, Aceh, and Jakarta in Indonesia, Malaysia and southern Thailand. As long as it continued, the Mindanao conflict provided bases and fuel for this holy fire.

Source: The Guardian      

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