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  • Indonesia’s Protracted War on Terrorism: The Importance of Abu Bakar Ba'asyir’s Arrest

    Indonesia, which has been taking significant measures to curb terrorism, scored another success with the arrest of Abu Bakar Ba'asyir aka ABB, suspected of having funded and ideologically motivated Al Qaeda Aceh, in early August 2010. The arrest is just one of the steps in a long, consistent and protracted fight to maintain Indonesia’s secular, democratic and republican credentials.

    September 09, 2010

    Internal Security: The Indian Way

    There is a view that India's approach to national security is largely ad hoc and marked by incompetence. Indians as well as foreign commentators on the country's security policies seem to share this perception. However, India does have a security approach that has a discernible pattern and arguably has been a success. This comment focuses on how India has dealt with internal security since independence.

    September 2010

    Explaining ceaseless jihadism and jihadi violence in Indonesia

    This commentary attempts to answer the question as to why the flow of jihadis is unending despite tough measures being undertaken by Jakarta, on its own or in collaboration with its regional and international partners.

    August 24, 2010

    Calling the Army for Peace Restoration

    The interim opportunity provided by the Army’s curtailment of insurgent activity needs to be utilised to meet the aspirations of the local population in insurgency affected areas.

    August 23, 2010

    Is there an Indian concept of security?

    If India is indeed interested in being a ‘rule-maker’ in a multilateral world, alternative approaches to persisting problems is the basic component of it.

    August 11, 2010

    India's Unfinished Security Revolution

    India's Unfinished Security Revolution

    This paper argues that internal security reforms are crucial not only for India's own security and that of its immediate neighbourhood, but also for its rise as an Asian and world power.

    Learning from Times Square: Socialising the Counterterrorism Approach

    Since safeguarding the public space such as mass transportation networks, financial and industrial hubs from sporadic acts of terror is increasingly becoming difficult, socialising citizenry in democratic societies to the needs of counterterrorism assumes salience.

    May 31, 2010

    'Terrorism Abandonment' [DDR] as a Key to Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Future

    Unlike ‘hard’ measures, ‘soft’ ones can succeed in softening the hearts and minds of even hard-core terrorists, especially when they are disillusioned, longing for a normal life, and want to exit from terrorism.

    May 28, 2010

    Law Needs to Keep Pace with Evolving Terror Threat

    There is a need to modify existing laws and if need be create new ones so that extremists and terrorists do not go scot-free and continue to pose a threat to the country.

    May 19, 2010

    EU-India Counter-Terrorism Cooperation: Post-Lisbon Prospects

    Since both India and EU face the same threat of religious radicalism at home and from across the border, focused cooperation on this issue must be given serious thought.

    February 26, 2010