No Man's Land: Globalization, Territory, and Clandestine Groups in Southeast Asia

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By Justin V. Hastings

The increased ability of clandestine groups to operate with little regard for borders or geography is often taken to be one of the dark consequences of a brave new globalized world. Yet even for terrorists and smugglers, the world is not flat; states exert formidable control over the technologies of globalization, and difficult terrain poses many of the same problems today as it has throughout human history. In No Man's Land, Justin V. Hastings examines the complex relationship that illicit groups have with modern technology - and how and when geography still matters.

Based on often difficult fieldwork in Southeast Asia, Hasting traces the logistics networks, command and control structures, and training programs of three distinct clandestine organizations: the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah, the insurgent Free Aceh Movement, and organized criminals in the form of smugglers and maritime pirates. Hastings also compares the experiences of these groups to others outside Southeast Asia, including al-Qaeda, the Tamil Tigers, and the Somali pirates.


"No Man's Land is extremely clearly written - accessible, mercifully full of jargon." - Barry Wain


Justin V. HASTINGS is Assistant Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Publication Year: 2011
272 pages, 229mm x 153mm
ISBN: 978-9971-69-538-5, Paperback

NUS Press