The Significance of Indonesian’s Counter-terrorism Policy to the US Global War on Terrorism


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When: Sep 26 2016 - 12:00pm until Sep 26 2016 - 1:30pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Sixth Floor Conference Room, Washington DC, 20036

The Significance of Indonesian’s Counter-terrorism Policy to the US Global War on Terrorism

An Asia Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar featuring:

Dr. Abubakar Eby Hara
Visiting Fellow
East-West Center in Washington

Dr. Peter Chalk
Adjunct Political Scientist
RAND Corporation

The Significance of Indonesian’s Counter-terrorism Policy to the US Global War on Terrorism from East-West Center on Vimeo.

From left to right: Dr. Eby Hara and Peter Chalk.

This seminar elaborated on the threats that may be conducted by ISIS after its defeat in Iraq and Syria and the efforts of Indonesia to anticipate them. The Indonesian government is now more prepared than before in facing the terrorist threats defined not only as physical attacks but also as attempts to destroy civil society and to create divisions among religious groups. Through the involvement of civil society organizations and respect for the values of democracy, Indonesia can mobilize support from the majority of Muslims and build a resilient community to face terrorism. The Indonesian counter-terrorism experience shows the importance of strengthening civil society and democracy in the fight against the spread of the Caliphate ideology.

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Abubakar Eby Hara is an Asia Studies visiting fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, and a lecturer at the International Relations Department, University of Jember, Indonesia. He finished his Doctoral and Master Degree at the Research School, Pacific and Asian Studies (RSPAS), ANU, Canberra, Australia. His areas of interest include ASEAN cooperation, International relations and democracy in Southeast Asia. He has published articles in journals and two of them are ‘ASEAN Paradigm Shift from a state to people-oriented organization: A neo-communitarian perspective’ (written together with Dr. Azizzuddin Mohd Sani) published in the Japanese Journal of Political Science 09/2013: 14(03) and ‘Pancasila and Perda sharî’ah Debates in the Post-Soeharto Era: toward a New Political Consensus’, Chapter 3 in Okamoto Masaaki, Ota Atsushi, and Ahmad Suaedy (eds.), Islam in Contention: Rethinking Islam and State in Indonesia (Kyoto: Center for Southeast Asian Studies 2010).

Peter Chalk is an adjunct political scientist at the RAND Corporation. He has analyzed such topics as unconventional security threats in Southeast and South Asia; new strategic challenges for the U.S. Air Force in Latin America, Africa, and South Asia; evolving trends in national and international terrorism; Australian defense and foreign policy; international organized crime; the transnational spread of disease; and U.S. military links in the Asia-Pacific region. He is a correspondent for Jane's Intelligence Review and associate editor of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, one of the foremost journals in the international security field. Chalk has regularly testified before the U.S. Senate on issues pertaining to national and international terrorism and is author of numerous publications on various aspects of low-intensity conflict in the contemporary world. Chalk is also an adjunct professor at the Postgraduate Naval School in Monterey, California, and contractor for the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. Before coming to RAND, Chalk was an assistant professor of politics at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, and a postdoctoral fellow in the Strategic and Defense Studies Centre of the Australian National University, Canberra. Chalk earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of British Columbia.

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