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dc.contributor.advisorMalley, Michael S.
dc.contributor.authorBerrier, Connor H.
dc.dateDec-17
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-07T20:36:03Z
dc.date.available2018-02-07T20:36:03Z
dc.date.issued2017-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/56865
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines key factors that may help the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) establish a new province, or front, within Southeast Asia. It poses the questions: What conditions have already allowed ISIS's brand of terrorism to spread to the region and how could they enable the terrorist organization to establish a front there? Four factors were examined across Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia. These factors include the presence and strength of ISIS-aligned terrorist groups, the production and location of ISIS-affiliated foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs), the number and severity of ISIS-linked activity, and the overall level of each state's weakness. While no country remains completely insulated from ISIS, the Philippines is by far the most exposed. The country faces several challenges--a unified network of structured pro-ISIS groups, scores of incoming Southeast Asian FTFs, a large number of severe ISIS-linked activities, and a lack of counter-terrorism (CT) capacity. Without making significant changes to the country's CT efforts, the Philippines will likely continue to face the greatest ISIS threat in the region. The findings identified in this thesis may help other countries detect and improve key vulnerabilities that, if left unchecked, may advance ISIS's influence.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/southeastasiaisi1094556865
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleSoutheast Asia: ISIS's next fronten_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderWeiner, Robert J.
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs (NSA)
dc.subject.authorIndonesiaen_US
dc.subject.authorthe Philippinesen_US
dc.subject.authorMalaysiaen_US
dc.subject.authorcounterterrorismen_US
dc.subject.authortransnational terrorismen_US
dc.subject.authorforeign terrorist fightersen_US
dc.subject.authoral-Qaedaen_US
dc.subject.authorjihadistsen_US
dc.subject.authorIslamic Stateen_US
dc.subject.authorISISen_US
dc.subject.authorSoutheast Asiaen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Far East, Southeast Asia, The Pacific)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Far East, Southeast Asia, The Pacific)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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