Indonesian responses to the IS challenge

By Gwenael Njoto-Feillard, Photography Senior Airman Matthew Bruch, EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, World Trade Organization, Freedom House

November 2014 FEATURE
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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Caliph of the self-proclaimed IS.
Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, and the rise of the oft-violent yet ideologically appealing Islamic State gives the country’s leaders much reason for concern.In the last six months, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS) militants took over a number of local mosques and preached for Indonesians to join the growing ranks of the jihadists in the Middle East. Dozens of Indonesian nationals have travelled to Syria and Iraq to participate in building a global Islamic caliphate....

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Gwenael Njoto-Feillard

holds a PhD in political science from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris and the Centre for International Research and Studies (CERI). He is currently a visiting fellow at the Institute of South-East Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore, where he is pursuing his research on politics, entrepreneurship, ethnicity, religious commodi cation in Indonesia and South-East Asia.

Photography Senior Airman Matthew Bruch

EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

World Trade Organization

Freedom House