Hidden away in President Bush’s trip to Asia, especially his short stopover in Bali, are clues that the administration may be finally broadening and deepening its counterterror strategy. Unveiled during the president’s trip is an investment of $157 million over the next six years to improve the quality of secular basic education and moderate the influence of extremist views in Islamic day and boarding schools – madrasahs and pesantren, respectively. The president’s trip to the world’s largest Muslim-majority country may not be remembered for education, but it should be.
PacNet #44 – Deepening America’s Response to Terrorism
October 27, 2003