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Austin Bodetti

Austin Bodetti

Austin Bodetti has worked as a journalist in Iraq and South Sudan, a Fulbright Scholar in Morocco, and an analyst in Washington, DC. His writing has appeared in USA Today, Vice, and Wired. Several governments and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have cited his work.

The opinions, analyses, positions, or other information stated by the author are those of the author alone and cannot be attributed, credited, implied to, or otherwise associated with any entity with the exception of appropriate source attribution.

Posts by Austin Bodetti
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October 17, 2018

How the Thai Conflict Is Boosting Islamic State in Malaysia

By Austin Bodetti
Weapons from the insurgency in southern Thailand are making their way to ISIS-linked extremists in Malaysia.
June 13, 2018

How the US Is Indirectly Arming the Taliban

By Austin Bodetti
Much of the Taliban’s armory comes from American equipment given to the Afghan military and police.

December 18, 2017

How the US Department of Energy Shapes North Korea Policy

By Austin Bodetti
The DOE’s in-house intelligence agency specializes in monitoring nuclear proliferation.

November 20, 2017

Will Southern Thailand Turn to Jihad?

By Austin Bodetti
Only peace talks can keep Islamic State-style jihadism from coming to Thailand.

October 14, 2017

What Is the Tatmadaw’s Plan for the Rohingya?

By Austin Bodetti
Myanmar’s military has spent decades engineering a genocide.
September 14, 2017

War, Drugs, and Peace: Afghanistan and Myanmar

By Austin Bodetti
The illegal drug trade is sabotaging peace in Afghanistan and Myanmar alike.

August 16, 2017

China-US Cooperation and the New Opium War

By Austin Bodetti
Despite friction elsewhere, in the War on Drugs Beijing and Washington are on the same side.
June 15, 2017

Thailand’s Forgotten Insurgency

By Austin Bodetti
The Thai government has shown little interest in confronting the growing violence in the south.

January 07, 2017

Debunking the Rohingya-Taliban Link

By Austin Bodetti
Getting to the bottom of the Rohingya insurgency's alleged links to transnational terrorism.

November 02, 2016

Here Come the Taliban Drones

By Austin Bodetti
For the first time ever, the Taliban used an off-the-shelf drone to record a suicide attack.

September 08, 2016

The Taliban’s Latest Battlefield: Social Media

By Austin Bodetti
The Taliban has drastically ramped up its presence on services like Twitter and WhatsApp in the past few years.
May 04, 2016

The Rohingya and Suu Kyi’s Myanmar

By Austin Bodetti
The democratic icon’s party won a major victory last year. Will it help a beleaguered minority?

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