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Large-scale internal violent conflicts and jihadi terrorism have shaped the security landscape of Southeast Asia in recent decades. Insurgencies, political violence, inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflagrations have typically been confined to a small portion of each nation's territory, but have caused much broader impacts. Jihadi terrorism has added an extra-regional dimension to these violent conflicts, as groups active in distant war zones - such as Islamic State in Iraq and Syam (ISIS) - inspire and plan attacks in Southeast Asia.
This subject will introduce students to violent conflict and jihadi terrorism in Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Myanmar, and provide students with a detailed framework to analyse and understand these phenomena. Students will also become familiar with responses to contemporary violence and terrorism attempted by governments, international agencies, communities and civil society organisations in the region. As part of the subject, students will interact with authors and practitioners working on violence in the region.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the subject, students should be able to:
- understand contemporary violent conflicts in four major Southeast Asian states and the security challenges faced by each of these nations;
- understand the history of jihadi terrorism in Southeast Asia, its intersection with major arenas of violent conflict in Southeast Asia, as well as international linkages;
- employ existing schools of analysis to study violent conflict, either through case studies or comparatively, in Southeast Asia and in other regions and time periods; and
- Understand common interventions to prevent or terminate violent conflict and jihadi terrorism and promote recovery.
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- demonstrate competence in critical, creative and theoretical thinking through essay writing and seminar discussion;
- conceptualise theoretical problems;
- form judgments from conflicting evidence and by critical analysis; and
- demonstrate improved writing skills through producing a 4000 word essay.
Last updated: 11 February 2021