The International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR) organised the 12th Terrorism Analyst Training Course (TATC) from 21 January to 1 February 2019. In line with the Centre’s objective of maintaining and improving the professional competence and development of analysts, the annual training course explores new frontiers in counter-terrorism research, analysis and practice.
Over the past 12 years, it has become a key international meeting point where counter-terrorism scholars, analysts and practitioners come together to exchange ideas, capitalise on each other’s strengths and forge partnerships through the sharing of knowledge and expertise.
TATC 2019 was graced by Professor Fatimah Lateef, Member of Parliament for Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency (GRC). In her opening remarks, Prof Lateef underscored the importance of building resilient communities and networks of trust.
Sixty participants and 20 international speakers attended the TATC. Distinguished lectures were presented by Gen Prof Muhammed Tito Karnavian, National Police Chief of Indonesia; Additional Commissioner Monirul Islam, Chief of the Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit, Dhaka Metropolitan Police, Bangladesh; and Deputy Commissioner of Police Dato Ayob Khan, Principal Assistant Director, Special Branch, Malaysia.
Many of the speakers and participants reiterated the need to address the gaps that impede the efficacy of responses of both the state and community to terrorism and extremism. These include strike force capabilities and challenges within national legislation. The need for countries and communities to come together to enhance networks of trust to mitigate regional challenges was also stressed during the discussions. Collective efforts would strengthen the global community’s resilience against terrorism and extremism.