This presentation will outline the evolving threat of transnational terrorism to South-east Asia and Singapore. Drawing upon recent examples of both violent Islamist and white supremacist attacks, the presentation will highlight how the COVID-19 outbreak has impacted on both types of threats. More fundamentally, light will be shed on the ideological basis of these threats, showing how they exploit religion and identity politics for political purposes. Beyond governmental and security force action, ordinary Singaporeans also have a role to play in keeping the nation safe. In other words, it is only through a Total Defence approach that Singapore can remain secure in the face of the rapidly evolving threat of terrorism and militancy.
Last updated on 18/08/2020