The 12th annual Asia-Pacific Programme for Senior National Security Officers (APPSNO) was held at Marina Mandarin Singapore from 6-11 May 2018. Organised by the Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS) with support from the National Security Coordination Secretariat (NSCS) in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the programme’s theme was the “Boundaries of National Security”.
Speakers from a range of nations, including the United States, Japan, Turkey, Australia, the United Kingdom, Israel, Sweden, Latvia, and Singapore shared their expertise and experiences on the following topics:
1. Emergent Issues in Homeland Security – drones, predictive policing, strategic disinformation campaigns and biotechnology
2. Governing Difference – rising inequality, multicultural societies, race relations, migration and social cohesion
3. Terrorism and its Futures – reciprocal radicalisation, the rise of violent far-right organisations and the direction of jihadi
movements in Southeast Asia
4. Cybersecurity: Boundaries and Securities – human resource challenges, critical infrastructure protection and cybercrime
5. Case Studies – migrant inclusion in Sweden, resilience amid complex risks, and the current wave of populist politics
The event brought together senior national security officers from the Asia Pacific and beyond to Singapore for a week of thought-provoking and relationship-building conversations. Sixtynine participants from 24 countries gathered to discuss the challenges of emerging national security concerns. Foreign participants were joined by their Singaporean counterparts from various government ministries and agencies.
In keeping with the Programme’s theme, Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Home Affairs Mrs Josephine Teo opened the programme by highlighting the broadening parameters of national security challenges.
Beyond the panel presentations and breakout discussion groups, international participants delivered country presentations, providing a concise overview of their respective state’s national security threats and responses. Further enriching the programme was a distinguished dinner lecture by Mr Michael Shoebridge from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), who outlined several major global trends based on recent history and the subsequent arrival of new priorities for international security.
Last updated on 24/06/2019