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Preventing Other ‘Marawis’ in the Southern Philippines

Joseph Franco

Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, 2018, vol. 5, issue 2, 362-369

Abstract: After more than 5 months of intense fighting, the Battle for Marawi has concluded as the largest urban combat scenario in modern Philippine history. Winning a kinetic campaign against violent extremist organisations like the Maute Group is insufficient in itself to prevent the eruption of other ‘Marawis’ in the future. The Duterte Administration should craft a cohesive countering violent extremism strategy. A prospective strategy should recognise the importance of coherent messaging and focus on the non†ideological drivers of conflict.

Date: 2018
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