08 February 2016
On Jan 14, shortly after four terrorists attacked a Starbucks cafe and a nearby police post around a busy intersection in downtown Jakarta, The Straits Times’ Indonesia bureau chief Francis Chan was on the scene.
He did not know it then, but he was just metres away from a clutch of haversacks packed with five improvised explosive devices (IEDS). They had been abandoned by the terrorists, who had planned to set them off in a multi-phase attack.
Mr Chan will speak about his close encounter and the security implications of the attack at a breakfast briefing on Feb 24 as part of The Straits Times Global Outlook Forum this year.
The forum, an annual conference that brings together experts from The Straits Times’ global network and some of Asia’s finest minds to discuss issues facing the region, is returning for its fifth edition – with a difference.
This month’s briefing – the first in the series – is titled “Terror and Turbulence in Indonesia” and will feature two other speakers alongside Mr Chan.
They are Mr Barry Desker, distinguished fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, and Ms Selena Ling, OCBC’s head of treasury research and strategy.
The speakers will explore different facets of the Jan 14 incident – the first major terrorist attack in Indonesia since 2009 – as well as the broader economic and political situation in Indonesia.
Mr Desker, a regular contributor to The Straits Times Opinion pages, brings great experience and rich insights to the discussion, having been Singapore’s ambassador to Indonesia from 1986 to 1993.
He will provide the macro view of what the Jakarta attack implies about the menace posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in South-east Asia, and the implications to the region of the group’s growing influence.
RSIS / Online / Print
Last updated on 10/02/2016