Soldiers hold positions next to an Indonesian Air Force F-16 during the Jalak Sakti military exercise at the Sultan Iskandar Muda Air Force Base in Blang Bintang in Indonesia’s Aceh province, Sept. 8, 2020.

Money-Saving Approach to Modernizing Arsenals Could Cost SE Asian Nations

From 2016 to 2020, seven ASEAN states were among the top 40 importers of military weapons and hardware.

abuza.jpgDr. Zachary Abuza is a professor at the National War College, and an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, both in Washington. His focus is Southeast Asian politics and security issues, including governance, insurgencies, democratization and human rights, and maritime security.

He is the author of five books, including Conspiracy of Silence: The Insurgency in Southern Thailand (2008), Political Islam and Violence in Indonesia (2006), Militant Islam in Southeast Asia (2003), and Renovating Politics in Contemporary Vietnam (2001). His latest book, Forging Peace in Southeast Asia: Insurgencies, Peace Processes, and Reconciliation, is a comparative analysis of the peace processes in Aceh, Mindanao, and southern Thailand (2016).

In addition, he has authored four monographs on security issues in Southeast Asia, as well as a major survey on the media and civil society in Vietnam for the National Endowment for Democracy.

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