By Mathew Bukit
East Asia Forum-Sept 22, 2018
The threats posed to ASEAN by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) and by a significant upturn in global terrorist attacks since 2004 have led to increased attention towards ASEAN’s counter-terrorism policy. As many as 1000 ASEAN nationals are already among IS combatants, so efforts to stem future recruitment of fighters from ASEAN are already an important part of the bloc’s counter-terrorism strategy. But as IS continues to lose territory in Iraq and Syria, ASEAN also needs to address the significant security risks posed by returning combatants.
First published in: East Asia Forum