The threat of Islamic terrorism has found its way to the top of the security agenda in Southeast Asia over the last couple of years. In the past several months, this threat is even more serious given reports that the Islamic State (IS) are losing ground in Iraq and Syria. Governments in the region are facing the issue of returning fighters who will likely start a second front in the region. Malaysia is one the countries where Malaysian IS members are likely to come back and start operations locally.
What can governments in the region do? Will the pattern of IS recruitment change? To what extent are the drivers local or transnational? This webcast will attempt to shed some light on these questions that are likely to continue to preoccupy regional governments and security agencies in the coming years.
Prof Joseph Chinyong Liow is Dean and Professor of Comparative and International Politics at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He held the inaugural Lee Kuan Yew Chair in Southeast Asia Studies at the Brookings Institution, Washington DC, where he was also a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program.
Joseph’s research interests encompass Muslim politics and social movements in Southeast Asia and the international politics of the Asia-Pacific region.
Joseph is the author, co-author, or editor of 14 books. His recent single-authored books are Religion and Nationalism in Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and Dictionary of the Modern Politics of Southeast Asia, fourth edition (Routledge, 2014). He has a forthcoming book, Ambivalent Engagement: The United States and Regional Security in Southeast Asia after the Cold War, scheduled for publication by Brookings Institution Press in 2017.
Joseph Liow holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, an MSc in Strategic Studies from the Nanyang Technological University, and a BA (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Madison-Wisconsin.
WRITER: James Chin