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Islamic State’s Wilayah Philippines: Implications for Southeast Asia
The announcement of Wilayah Philippines in southern Philippines epitomises a new IS strategy to “pivot” to Southeast Asia. It signals a direct threat to countries in the region even as IS Central comes under pressure in ...
The ISA Arrests: The Domestic Context in Bangladesh
The recent arrests of Bangladeshi foreign workers in Singapore demonstrate that the extremist Islamist challenge within Bangladesh is beginning to affect regional neighbours. Dhaka needs to exercise zero tolerance toward ...
Disinformation and Fake News : Old Wine in New Bottles
Disinformation, Fake News and Deliberate Online Falsehoods are nothing new. They are all forms of Propaganda. Singapore should be concerned when a Sending State’s Strategic Propaganda mechanisms and its Agents of Influence ...
The Advent of “CyWar” : Are We Ready?
The recent SingHealth hack and the fake news phenomenon are likely harbingers of an emergent inflection point in contemporary war: CyWar. The aim of CyWar is to secure command of a State’s “hard” and “soft” cyberspace. It ...
The ISB Arrests: The Transnational Terrorist “Insider Threat”
The recent arrests of an eight-man cell of Bangladeshi migrant workers calling itself the Islamic State of Bangladesh illustrates the reality and potential of the “insider threat” of transnational terrorism.
Winning the Battle of the Memes
In the ongoing struggle against violent extremism, winning the battle of the memes is very important. Four factors: Message, Messenger, Mechanism and Market Receptivity, are relevant in ensuring the “stickiness” of memes.
Abu Uqayl’s Video : What Does It Portend for 2018?
The video showing the execution of unarmed prisoners by Singaporean Abu Uqayl and other ISIS militants underlines the continuing terrorist threat despite ISIS’ military defeat in Iraq and Syria. In 2018, countering violent ...
Engaging Youth as a Bulwark Against ISIS Extremism
ISIS considers psychologically vulnerable youth as a strategic resource to be exploited. It is thus important for governments, civil society and businesses to harness youth as a bulwark against ISIS extremism.
Remembering SR Nathan – A Man For All Seasons
SR Nathan’s professional career was profoundly shaped by the Cold War and the long struggle with the Communist Party of Malaya. In a lifetime of many high-level achievements, though, he never lost his human touch.
The Easter Sunday Attacks : Struggle for the Soul of Sri Lankan Muslims
The Sri Lankan government is banning the public wearing of the face-veil by some Muslim women as a security measure in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels claimed by ISIS. This is symptomatic of a ...