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The Caliphate Beyond 2016: The View from Southeast Asia
As the fight against Daesh continues to rage in the Middle East there is a growing focus in countries outside the region on Daesh’s broader global ambitions. The threat to the West from returning Jihadi fighters is well publicised but statements from Daesh suggest a desire to establish a Caliphate in Southeast Asia. The Indonesian Government estimates there to be around 500 Indonesian nationals fighting in Iraq and Syria and countries across the continent including Australia are deeply concerned at the threat this poses.
The Australian Attorney-General Senator the Hon George Brandis QC discussed the Jihadi threat in Southeast Asia and the steps needed to keep the country safe. Earlier in 2016 Brandis stated that Australian intelligence agencies believe that Southeast Asia is where most Australians are most exposed to the threat of a terror attack, and that there are at least 100 Australian nationals fighting in the Middle East.
Senator the Hon George Brandis QC is the Australian Attorney-General and Leader of the Government in the Senate. Senator Brandis has served as a Minister in the Howard, Abbott and Turnbull governments. He has held the portfolios of Attorney-General and Vice-President of the Executive Council since September 2013. A member of the Liberal Party’s Leadership Group since May 2010, Senator Brandis was appointed Leader of the Government in the Senate in September 2015.