This timely work examines the scale and root causes of terrorism across Southeast Asia, including the role of al-Qaeda's ascendancy in the region. It begins with an overview of the analytical and theoretical framework for discussing the subject. Individual chapters then examine terrorist activities from both functional and country-specific perspectives. The book traces fundamental linkages between terrorism and security issues, such as illegal immigration, narcotics trafficking, and other criminal activity. In addition, it considers the issue of convergence - the growing connection between criminal groups and terrorism, and how this may facilitate future violence. Written by a range of experts in the field, the individual chapters reflect a variety of perspectives. The contributions fall into two broad categories - chapters that directly address terrorism (the groups, their ideologies, their modus operandi, their origins, and state responses to them); and chapters that address the "enabling environment" that exists in Southeast Asia (the role of transnational crime, porous borders, convergence between terrorism and crime).
Introduction, Paul J. Smith; 1. Transnational Violence in the Asia-Pacific: An Overview of Current Trends, Alan Dupont; 2. Militant Islamic Extremism in Southeast Asia, Peter Chalk; 3. Al-Qaeda Comes to Southeast Asia, Zachary Abuza; 4. Understanding Al-Qaeda and Its Network in Southeast Asia, Rohan Gunaratna; 5. Al-Qaeda and Political Terrorism in Southeast Asia, Carlyle A. Thayer; 6. Terrorism and the Political Landscape in Indonesia: The Fragile Post-Bali Consensus, Anthony L. Smith; 7. The Philippines and the Challenge of International Terrorism, Paul A. Rodell; 8. Countering Radical Islam in Southeast Asia: The Need to Confront the Functional and Ideological 'Enabling Environment,' Kumar Ramakrishna; 9. Terrorism and Transnational Organized Crime: Tracing the Crime-Terror Nexus in Southeast Asia, Tamara Makarenko; 10. Trading the Tools of Terror: Armed Groups and Light Weapons Proliferation in Southeast Asia, David Capie; 11. Border Security and Transnational Violence in Southeast Asia, Paul J. Smith; 12. Media, Information Revolution, and Terrorism in Southeast Asia, Shyam Tekwani