Associate Professor Paul Carnegie of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD) gave a virtual keynote address on “Countering Militant Extremism in Indonesia” for the online Islamic Culture Society (ICS) Conference, Universitas Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia, 29-30th September 2020.
The theme of the conference was “Countering Radicalism and Terrorism in the Digital Era: Reshaping a Global Peace Community.
Dr. Carnegie’s talk discussed Indonesia’s experience with militant extremism and the conditioning circumstances associated with its reproduction in discourse and practice. It then went on to consider what lessons we can draw from Indonesia’s previous responses to militant extremism especially in the aftermath of the Bali Bombings in 2002.
The main argument was that if we are to counter extreme thinking and limit the conditions under which militant extremism can reproduce, charting a course between strategic threat diminishment and preventative de-radicalization is crucial for meaningful long-term containment.
For more on this conference, please visit the ICS Conference website.