Terrorism and Radicalisation Series: The Southeast Asia paradigm - how organised crime finances terrorism



*please note change of venue*

Behind headline-grabbing attacks and the 'propaganda' that receives so much media attention, how does terrorism find the necessary funds to ensure its survival? Growing fears that Islamist terrorist groups such as the Islamic State (IS) are expanding in Southeast Asia are driving some to believe that the region is becoming the financing hub of terrorist groups. The nature of the East Asian region is such that it does not need continuous funding from outside. Today, criminal activity generates the highest income for terrorists from IS and multiple other groups in the countries of Southeast Asia. Hostage ransoming is the most fruitful activity but human, arms and drugs trafficking also play a role in some countries.

Come, order a beer and discuss these issues with our distinguishd guest Günther Sablattnig, Adviser to the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator at the Council of the European Union, and Ignatius Priambodo, First Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Socio-Cultural Affairs, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Belgium. We will try to determine if the East Asian region is indeed becoming the financing centre of Islamist terrorism, what role that criminal activity plays in this, and the EU's stance regarding the situation.

May 16, 2017 at 7pm - 8:30pm
IDA Brussels Office
Rue d’Arlon 40
Brussels 1000
Google map and directions

Will you come?