A closer look at terrorism in Asia:
Being the world's largest population, Asian nations have been dealing with various terrorism challenges, In Malaysia, 150 terror suspects have been arrested since Islamic State rose to prominence in 2013. The counter terrorism in Southeast Asia is facing the spread of ISIS threats especially after 2015's attacks in Paris and Beirut. Furthermore the Asia-Pacific region lack of military and logistical connections to prevent such actions as a result of geographical proximity
On November, 2015, 21 countries and self-governing territories met in Manila, Philippines for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit APEC to issue a declaration that denounces terrorism and vows united efforts to combat its root causes. The highlights from the summit were strongly criticizing terrorism and calling for international cooperation in the fight against terrorist activities. However, The rapid spread of ISIS in the region has further threatened the security of the countries in the region especially after the January 2016 attacks in Jakarta. Moreover, although Singapore remained unscathed from terrorist attacks, there were a handful of self-radicalized individuals attempting to join ISIS. Besides that, terror bodies are still gaining sympathy from other groups especially in Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia who are having more than 30 active groups supporting the ISIS group.
Terrorist attacks are linked with kidnapping, hijacking of planes, cross-border terrorism, cyder-terrorism which are growing day-by-day. The terrorists use terror as a weapon to fulfill their demands. The effect of terrorism in all cases is killing of innocent people or a large scale massacre of property.
Terrorism still creates a big threat to the nation despite all the attempts to prevent it. How can Southeast Asia manage the growing threat of terrorism and it's consequences?
“Many far-right groups have sprouted in Malaysia over the years. Some could have been sympathizers to jihadist groups who intend to overthrow a democratic country. The government needs to raise its game by engaging the public and consistently educating them about evolving threats in the country as well as abroad." says Andrin Raj, director and counter terrorism specialist at the International Association for Counter-terrorism and Security Professions Centre for Security Studies Southeast Asia regional. Mr. Andrin will be presenting the current security challenges within the region together with Regional and global security experts at IACSP ASEAN Security Awards & Symposium Conference.
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