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Officers stand guard outside a detention center inside the compound of the elite police unit Mobile Brigade where a riot broke out, in Depok, West Java, Indonesia, May 10, 2018.

The Inside Story of a Prison Takeover by Indonesian Terrorists

Ultimately, Indonesian police outsmarted IS, averting greater casualties and icon-making “martyrdom” for the inmates.

Professor Rohan Gunaratna

Professor Rohan Gunaratna heads the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, where he teaches security studies.

Born in Sri Lanka, Dr. Gunaratna holds a master’s from the University of Notre Dame and a doctorate from the University of St. Andrews. He first gained renown as an expert on the ethnic conflict in his native country, which ended in May 2009. He also is an acclaimed scholar on al-Qaeda, who has testified before the 9/11 Commission.

Professor Gunaratna has authored or co-written 15 books on insurgency and terrorism.

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