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Coordinating stakeholders to prevent violent extremism

  • Cameron Sumpter

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Singapore   /   Fri, November 29, 2019   /  01:08 pm
Coordinating stakeholders to prevent violent extremism Fight against terror: Police and military personnel attend an anti-terror training jointly held by the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) and the Indonesian Military and the National Police at the East Java Police’s Mobile Brigade headquarters in Malang, East Java. (Antara/Ari Bowo Sucipto)

Indonesia’s National Counterterrorism Agency’s (BNPT) intention to establish links with its counterpart in Denmark is a promising step toward robust terrorism prevention initiatives in Indonesia. BNPT undersecretary for international cooperation Andhika Chrisnayudhanto said the “cooperation may include information or intelligence sharing, the handling of [terrorist] returnees and law enforcement training”. This all sounds constructive, but the primary reason Denmark is seen as a global leader in preventing violent extremism is the nation’s well-established structures and processes for coordinating the diverse stakeholders required to address different aspects of the problem. While such logistics are clearly easier to organize in a country of 5 million people than a vast nation of 265 million, Indonesian counterterrorism officials might do well to ob...

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