International relations expert Yanyan M Yani said Tuesday that Indonesia needed to strengthen its cross-sector international cooperation as part of the effort to fight terrorism.
“Terrorism at the global level is not only based on religion, but also economic, political and socio-cultural reasons,” Yanyan, who is also a professor at the Bandung-based Padjadjaran University, said on Tuesday as quoted by Antara.
Yayan added that development of global and regional economies in the next three years would be centralized on partnerships initiated by China and the US, which should also be anticipated.
“Terrorists will use any method to carry out their agenda,” Yanyan said.
He added that Indonesia is now ranked 33rd in the global terrorism index while the United States is in 35th position, followed by France in 36th.
In Asia, Yayan said that Indonesia is in ninth position and reaching fourth position in South East Asia. Yayan, who is also an expert member of the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT), added that Indonesia is still not considered a safe country in terms of terrorist threats.
He said that the BNPT’s move to involve citizens in fighting terrorism by forming the Counterterrorism Coordination Forum (FKPT) was the right decision. (rdi/bbs)