Insight Series Vol 4 - Shifting Tides in the Sulu-Celebes Sea

Insight Series Vol 4 - Shifting Tides in the Sulu-Celebes Sea
By Reginald Ramos on 01 May 2017

South-East Asia | Defense and Security

Shifting Tides in Southeast Asia's Somalia.jpgThe Philippine militants, the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), have emerged as the predominant actors operating within the Sulu-Celebes Sea, successfully kidnapping more than 50 sailors and generating roughly U.S. $7.3 million dollars in hostage revenue in the past year alone. In response, the littoral states of the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia have revitalised trilateral diplomatic efforts to strengthen a regional comprehensive framework to counter maritime piracy and kidnapping, however, there remains a failure to address many of the fundamental challenges that has so far resulted in a failure to shift the tides of the reality on the ground.

The following report was prepared by Reginald Ramos, Research and Program Assistant at the Perth USAsia Centre.