Terrorism in Southeast Asia: A Growing Challenge to Regional Peace, Security and U.S. Interests
Author(s)Kreamer, Walter H., Jr
Contributor(s)ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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AbstractThe ten countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have become a region of choice for radical Islamic groups with connections to Al-Qaeda. The loss of Afghanistan and Iraq as safe-havens for terrorists a region that contains twenty percent of the world's Muslims and Southeast Asia's reputation as a soft touch in the global war on terror are several of the many attractions for these groups. Recent increases in violence by these groups throughout the region threaten the region's political stability economic growth and security. The collective will of the ASEAN community has been ineffective in addressing the root causes of regional and transnational terrorism. This paper will address U.S. interests and objectives in the region; how these objectives can be met; and what instruments of power should be used without intervening in the domestic affairs of these countries that might result in regional opportunities for China.