Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 08/2012

Counter Terrorist Trends and Analysis

August 2012

S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies


What Comes Next? The Consequences of Mokhtar Belmokhtar's Presumed Death

As the cornerstone of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Mokhtar Belmokhtar was intimately involved in all aspects of AQIM's operations, its tribal relationships, its smuggling operations, and its liaisoning with other terrorist groups. This paper provides details of Mokhtar Belmokhtar's role in AQIM and the effects stemming from his possible demise.

Implications of Umar Patek's Conviction

The sentencing of Umar Patek, one of the last remaining hardcore and trained terrorists and a critical link between groups in South and Southeast Asia further weakens the Jemaah Islamiyah and its factions and demonstrates the synergy between a strong anti-terror operational framework and an effective legal regime.

Indonesian Prisons: A Think Tank for Terrorists

Arresting and placing a criminal or terrorist behind bars exerts a nation's stance against the unlawful acts committed by an individual. However, without consistent and effective prison systems and management, unlawful acts continue in prison and even permeate into the society.

Community Engagement in Schools: The Singapore Story

This paper provides an overview of the community engagement efforts undertaken by schools in Singapore and the policies framed by the government in this regard.