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Dialogue on Post “Caliphate”: Daesh in the Digital Realm

Dialogue on Post Caliphate: Daesh in the Digital Realm


Asia-Europe Institute (AEI) University of Malaya, together with the Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia, Centre for ASEAN Regionalism University of Malaya (CARUM) and Department of International and Strategic Studies, FASS UM, present

20th Nov 2019 (Wednesday) • 8.30am - 5.00pm • Auditorium, Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya

23 March 2019 marked the fall of Daesh’s so-called caliphate in Syria and Iraq, with the liberation of the group’s last standing stronghold in Baghuz, Syria. At the height of its reign, Daesh controlled at least 110,000 square kilometres of territories in both Syria and Iraq, and attracted more than 40,000 foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) from all over the world, through its sophisticated propaganda campaign. This campaign largely involved the use of the Internet, and in particular social media platforms and online communication applications, not only to spread propaganda but also to radicalise and recruit supporters, to communicate and build network, as well as to fund and plan terrorist attacks.

No exception to this, Malaysians have also been, and are still susceptible to this threat. This is evident with the ongoing arrests of Malaysians, as well as foreigners in Malaysia, by the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP). This also shows that while Daesh may have lost its territories, their ideology and presence are still apparent in both the physical and virtual realms.

Against this backdrop, the Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT) and the Asia-Europe Institute (AEI), of University Malaya, are organising a dialogue entitled ‘Post “Caliphate”: Daesh in the Digital Realm’ on 20 November 2019. The Dialogue hopes to discuss issues relating to the use of the Internet and social media following Daesh’s territorial loss in Syria and Iraq, to provide platform for sharing of information and experiences in formulating strategies to counter terrorism online, as well as, to discuss strategic roles that could be played by the private sector and civil society organisations in countering terrorism as a whole.


Date: 20th November 2019 (Wednesday)

0830 – 0900 Registration of Participants
0900 – 0930 Welcoming and Opening Remarks
  • Welcoming Remarks by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jatswan Singh, Acting Executive Director, Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya (AEI, UM)
  • Opening Remarks by Mr. Chuah Teong Ban, Director General, Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Counter-Terrorism, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs (SEARCCT, KLN)
0930 – 1115

Panel Session I: Terrorist Use of Online Space – Post “Caliphate”

Moderator: Dr. Nurliana Kamaruddin (Senior Lecturer, AEI, UM)

  • ASP Muhammad Muzhafar bin Mohamed Yusoff - Assistant Superintendent of Police, Royal Malaysia Police (RMP)
  • Dr. Danial Yusof (UIA) - Associate Professor, International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM)
  • Mr. Remy Mahzam (ICPVTR, RSIS) - Associate Research Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)
1115 – 1130 Coffee/Tea Break
1130 – 1315

Panel Session II: Counter-Terrorism Strategies Vis-à-vis TUI

Moderator: Dr. Roy Anthony Rogers (Head, Department of International and Strategic Studies, UM)

  • Mr. Sean McClean - British High Commission of Malaysia
  • Lt. Col. Sazali bin Sukardi (R) - Senior Vice President, CyberSecurity Malaysia
  • Dr. Rahul Mishra - Senior Lecturer, AEI, UM & Ms. Raja Saza Nur Aquilla, Media Analyst, eBdesk Malaysia
1315 – 1430 Lunch
1430 – 1600

Panel Session III: Whole-of-Nation Approach to TUI

Moderator: Mr. Mohamad Sinatra - Analyst, ISIS Malaysia

  1. Ms. Amanda Thomas - Analyst, Southeast Asia Regional Centre For Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT)
  2. Mr. K. Shan - Advisor, Pusat Hak Asasi & Keselamatan Komuniti Sabah
1600 – 1630 Closing Remarks by Dr. Rahul Mishra (AEI, UM)
20 Nov 2019
(Wednesday) 8:30 am
Auditorium, Asia-Europe Institute (AEI),
University of Malaya

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Last Updated: 19/11/2019