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Abdul Basit

Abdul Basit

Abdul Basit is a Senior Associate Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore, where he covers extremism and militancy in South Asia. Follow him on Twitter @basitresearcher.

Abdul Basit is a Senior Associate Fellow and head of the South Asia desk at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR) of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore.  He specializes in South Asian security issues with a primary focus on terrorism and religious extremism in the Af-Pak region. He is also the Associate Editor of ICPVTR’s open-access monthly journal Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses (CTTA). He regularly publishes commentaries and peer-reviewed research articles on the mentioned topics. He can be reached at [email protected]

Posts by Abdul Basit
October 02, 2023

Pakistan’s Outdated Counter­terrorism Framework Requires Major Revamp

By Abdul Basit
Talks with the TTP, for example, allowed some factions to return to Pakistan and gain legitimacy as well.

September 03, 2023

Has Afghanistan Turned into a Sanctuary for Jihadist Groups?

By Abdul Basit
Unlike the mid-1990s, Afghanistan under the Taliban has not become a hub of jihadists. However, the threat level has risen.
July 31, 2023

Is Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Merging Into al-Qaida?

By Abdul Basit
Why would the TTP, which was rejuvenated by the Taliban victory in Afghanistan, subsume itself into a group that is ideologically and operationally weaker?

June 05, 2023

Implications of Pakistan’s Terror Tagging of Political Opponents

By Abdul Basit
Charging political protestors under counterterrorism laws, even as extremist outfits are allowed to march in support of the military, will undermine Pakistan’s democracy.

May 22, 2023

The Impact of Political Instability on Pakistan’s Internal Security

By Abdul Basit
Troops have been deployed in cities to quell violent protests. Militant groups could target them.

April 05, 2023

US-Pakistan Counterterrorism Dialogue and the Regional Terrorism Situation

By Abdul Basit
A consistent, albeit limited-scale, counterterrorism cooperation between the two countries is being put in place.
March 13, 2023

Will the Taliban Regime Dislodge TTP From Af-Pak Border Areas?

By Abdul Basit
The Taliban may not be willing to crack down beyond a point, as that could provide the group's arch-foe, the ISKP, with a propaganda boost.

February 22, 2023

Politics of Claiming Responsibility for Terrorist Attacks in Af-Pak Region

By Abdul Basit
In some attacks, a terror group claims credit and then denies involvement. In others, more than one group claims credit.

January 23, 2023

The Resurgence of Terrorism in Pakistan

By Abdul Basit
Without revisiting its myopic Afghan policy, a new counterterrorism campaign alone will not fix Pakistan's mounting challenges with terrorism.

January 02, 2023

ISKP Flexes Its Propaganda Muscles on Social Media

By Abdul Basit
Military means alone are not enough to fight the group; to debunk its powerful propaganda claims, robust counternarratives are needed especially on social media.

December 05, 2022

Pakistan’s New Army Chief Faces Tough Internal Security Challenges

By Abdul Basit
Will the Pakistan military under Gen. Asim Munir favor peace talks with the TTP, or a return to military operations?
November 30, 2022

Why Banning Hybrid Radical Groups May be Counterproductive in South Asia

By Abdul Basit
Rather than looking at them only through the narrow lens of terrorism, a more interdisciplinary approach that leads to nuanced policymaking is likely to be more useful.

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