12 June 2017
Without a doubt, the Bangsamoro has had to endure neglect, corruption and violence for far too long. And, if the world doesn’t want to see a second ISIS front developing in Asean, the top Filipino leadershave to have the intelligence at their fingertips, without which they will end up only second-guessing themselves on the counter-terrorism front against groups like Maute and Abu Sayyaf that have too often stolen the march on Filipino security forces. As the Philippines’ military is involved in a two-front war against radical terrorists in the south and drug lords across the archipelago, establishing strong military alliances with those seasoned in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism is paramount in order to overcome physical and budgetary limitations of the Philippines’ military.
… Joseph Chinyong Liow is Dean and Professor of Comparative and International Politics at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University. Salem Ghandour was a Fulbright Fellow and now works as a sovereign specialist banker focusing on Asean markets.
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