In The News

September 16, 2002
During the American campaign in Afghanistan there were reports that, along with Taliban and al Qaeda members, the military leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), Juma Namangani, was killed. However, one Tajik official says that Namangani was actually regrouping and hoping to launch a strike into the Ferghana Valley. Other Central Asian political figures have also publicly worried...
September 7, 2002
Indonesian Islamic organizations led by the militant MMI have threatened a crackdown against foreign nationals working illegally in major Indonesian cities. The threat comes as a response to neighboring Malaysia's recent announcement of strict immigration rules against illegal workers there – many of whom come from Indonesia, The Indonesian groups' 'sweep' would check the...
David Binder August 25, 2002
In an era in which technology has made physical distance seem irrelevant, drug enforcement officials must find newer methods to compete with the increasingly flexible and multinational drug trade network. In the summer of 2002, the Drug Enforcement Administration, working with 25,000 officials in 15 nations, managed to prove the effectiveness of multinational operations in combating the trade in...
Ian Fisher August 1, 2002
In the name of fighting terrorism, the Government of Pakistan has imposed new regulations that would keep track of cybercafe users. The new rules require cybercafes to register with the government and to ask every customer for proof of identity so as to track terrorists and deny them access to public computers. However, like the rest of the world, porn sites, email accounts and chat sites are...
Quentin Peel July 7, 2002
The U.S. and the European Union (EU) still have not reached an agreement on the International Criminal Court (ICC), mainly due to the American fear that its own soldiers may face trials in a non-American court in accordance with the statutes of the ICC. In this article, the author argues that if the U.S. wants to block the renewal of the mission mandates of the ICC, it can either cut its...
Matori Abdul Djalil June 4, 2002
Matori Abdul Djalil, the Minister of Defense of Indonesia, argues for a multilateral approach to fight terrorism in an address before the Asian Security Conference. He also notes the worry that this war will be seen as battle between the Western and Islamic world. Djalil places the war against terrorism as one priority in many for Indonesia. In the post-Suharto period, fostering democracy and...
James Dao April 7, 2002
The United States has expanded the global war on terrorism to include fighting drug and crime syndicates that operate in countries across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Officials are targeting these networks because evidence shows a complex nexus between crime, drugs, and terrorism. The link between these networks has strengthened since the end of the Cold War, when terrorist...