Center for Strategic Communication

The CSC has released a new white paper entitled Hate Speech and the Indonesian Islamic Defenders Front by Mark Woodward, Mariani Yahya, Inayah Rohmaniyah, Diana Murtaugh Coleman, Ali Amin and Chris Lundry.

The paper looks at hate speech tactics used by the terrorist group Front Pembala Islam (FPI, Islamic Defenders Front) against Christian minorities, the Ahmadiyah sect of Islam, and Muslim organizations and intellectuals supporting religious freedom.

Efforts by Indonesian security forces to counter international terrorism have been largely successful.  However they have done little to counter violence by FPI, which lacks trans-national ties and is based on traditional Indonesian Islam rather than the Salafi and Wahhabi teachings of more well-known terrorist groups.

You can find the Executive Summary and a link to the full paper here.