MiDAS-KAS Conference 2022: Regional Terrorism and Violent Extremism Challenges

Renowned experts and officials will share insights and exchange information and ideas on the region's current terrorism and violent extremism threats.

Amidst the pandemic, superpowers competition and the political situation in Europe, terrorism remains a thorny issue and still requires serious attention. While trends on radicalisation, terrorist operations, and attacks from previous years seem to continue, reports have shown that terrorists are taking advantage of the pandemic. In addition, analysts argued that the recent development in Afghanistan has repercussions on counter-terrorism. Equally important, we need to anticipate future possible terrorist threats in terms of the rise of far-right extremism, bioterrorism and enhancing cybersecurity from being exploited by the terrorist. This conference will be a platform for policymakers, academicians, and researchers to share insights and exchange information and ideas on the region's current terrorism and violent extremism threats. The topics to be discussed shall range from recent trends of terrorism, its impact on both regions, preventing and countering violent extremism challenges and the future threats of terrorism. The mode of the conference will be hybrid. The co-organisers will identify a suitable venue. Participants may attend the conference physically or through online platforms. The speakers will be able to do their presentations via online video conferencing.


The objectives of this conference are:

  • To share regional updates and concerns on terrorism and violent extremism; 
  • To discuss on preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) in military establishments; and
  • To explore future terrorist threats and the way forward in counter-terrorism and P/CVE. 

About MiDAS-KAS Conference 2022

Terrorism remains a concern for Malaysia. During the formative years, this nation faced challenges from terrorist activities and attacks from the Communist Party of Malaya. Malaysia fought for 40 years to eliminate the threat of CPM. Various counter-terrorism measures were employed, which include hard and soft powers. 9/11 saw Malaysia not spared from the threat of terrorism. From Jemaah Islamiyah to DAESH, these terrorist groups recruited and radicalised Malaysians. The Defence White Paper (DWP) identifies terrorism as part of the non-traditional threat that could not be ignored. The DWP stressed the whole of Government and Society approaches in dealing with recent trends of terrorism. It also highlighted the importance of bilateral engagement in countering terrorism with several countries, including Germany;

Germany, too has not been spared by terrorism. The Breitscheid Platz Christmas Market attack in 2016, far-right killings in Hanau and Halle in 2020 serve as a grim reminder that terrorists could attack anywhere and anytime. There are also reports that terrorist activities are still ongoing in Germany. It is interesting to note that beginning 2022, Germany will commemorate the victims of terrorism every March 11. Such an effort will create greater awareness of the victims of terrorism and the consequences of terrorism if not taken seriously;

This conference will also potentially eliminate isolation produced due to specialisation, imposing social responsibilities on policymakers, researchers and organisations as well as bridging the gap between all counter-terrorism and P/CVE practitioners;

Increasing engagement with Germany counterparts’ is also in line with Malaysia’s international engagement policy particularly as a neutral country.

Tentative Programme

Time Agenda
1400 Participant Access

Welcoming Remarks
Mr Noor Hisham bin Rosle, Acting Chief Executive of MiDAS


Keynote Address
YB Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin bin Tun Hussein, Minister of Defence/ Senior Minister (Security Cluster)


Session 1

Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Regional Updates

The first session will discuss the recent trends of terrorism and counter-terrorism in Southeast Asia and Europe. The discussion will focus on the effect of Covid19 in terrorism and counter-terrorism activities, the possible impact of the re-emergence of the Taliban in Afghanistan and current patterns of radicalisation in both Southeast Asia and Europe.


Q&A for Session 1


Session 2

Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) in the Military

Over the years, terrorist groups have made efforts to infiltrate and recruit active-duty military personnel. There were also cases of active-duty military personnel self-radicalised themselves. This session will provide several case studies on the involvement of military personnel in terrorism and efforts made to prevent violent extremism from spreading in the Armed Forces.

1630 Q&A for Session 2

Session 3

Future Concerns on Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism

This final session will take a peek at the evolving threats of terrorism. Cyber security and terrorism, possible hazards of bioterrorism, and far-right extremism are hotly debated topics and present future concerns. Speakers will share their insights on the three issues and the mitigation efforts that governments should undertake.

1730 Q&A for Session 3

Closing Speech
Ms Miriam Fischer,  Director, KAS Office Malaysia 


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