Entry and Exit Points: Violent Extremism in South-East Asia investigates the factors that contribute towards violent extremism and the actions governments can take to prevent it.
In this UNDP-European Union co-funded study, the role of the state is examined through empirical research conducted across five countries as well as interviews providing personal accounts of those impacted by violent extremism.
South-East Asia – a region in flux
There are complex push and pull factors that lead people to violence. Conflicts as well as localized grievances can create environments that are conducive to violent extremism. Understanding and investigating these underlying causes can help create more resilient and peaceful communities.
Click on the map to read more about issues that affect violent extremism in each country.
“Violent extremism undermines our collective efforts towards maintaining peace and security, fostering sustainable development, protecting human rights, promoting the rule of law and taking humanitarian action.”
The United Nations Secretary General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism (2015)
Exit and Entry Points: Violent Extremism in South-East Asia is UNDP’s contribution to a broader research agenda to support the prevention of extremism in South-East AsiaAbout the research
‘Saya pernah pergi ke Suriah dan tinggal di wilayah ISIS selama kurang lebih satu tahun. Padahal di propaganda bilang bahwa semuanya adil, merata, dapat akses pendidikan dan kesehatan. Tapi, ternyata tidak.’ - Febri
As part of this research, UNDP interviewed people who have been affected by extremism in different ways. Each of these stories presents at best an incomplete picture, but by sharing aspects of their raw lived experiences, we can begin to better understand what violent extremism means in the context of South-East Asia.
‘When disaster strikes, our crops die and with it our livelihood. ISIS offered us money, and we joined them with the belief that our lives would become comfortable.’Read more