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Syrians sift through rubble at the site of a U.S.-led raid a day earlier against Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, near the village of Barisha, Oct. 28, 2019.

2019: A Year of Lost Opportunities in Countering Militancy

Asian governments could have taken advantage of a reduction in violence, analyst Zachary Abuza says.

Zachary Abuza

Dr. Zachary Abuza is a professor at the National War College in Washington where he focuses on 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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