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Islamic State in Asia: What’s next for the caliphate?

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Islamic State in Asia: What’s next for the caliphate?


Southeast Asia is home approximately 250 million Muslims, which is roughly half the population of the region. As demonstrated by the fall of Marawi City to Islamic State-linked militants in May 2017, Muslims in the region can be susceptible to radical ideologies.

What are the self-declared caliphate’s next moves with regards to Southeast Asia, and how vulnerable are this region’s Muslims to the Islamic State’s clarion calls?

Drawing from first hand interaction with Islamic State supporters on social media and over-the-top (OTT) messaging applications services done by our team of native language-speaking analysts throughout the region, Crimson May is presenting a a three-hour workshop on the evolving face of Islam in Southeast Asia, and the security threats facing this part of the world.

This workshop is geared towards private and public security analysts, policy makers and academics who wish to understand the Southeast Asia’s unique composition of Muslims, their susceptibility towards radical ideologies, and what are the likely emergent security issues in the region.

Outline of the workshop:

Part One

1. Characteristics of Islam in Southeast Asia, & how the Sunni-Shia divide has played up tensions
2. Schools of jurisprudence and its influences on Southeast Asian Islamic ideologies
3. The rise of Islamic conservatism, and how puritan ideologies have led to decreasing tolerance
4. The effects of diminishing religious pluralism among Muslims in Southeast Asia

Part Two

1. A brief analysis of Islamic State’s overtures into the region via social media and OTT applications
2. Recent online activities of Islamic State’s supporters across Southeast Asia: Issues and causes
3. Emerging security hotspots across the region.
4. Islamic State’s online chatter among Southeast Asian Muslims – what do these indicate?

About the trainer:

The session will be led by Crimson May’s senior security consultant who leads a team of regional SOCMINT and OSINT analysts located across Singapore and Indonesia. The consultant has more than 10 years’ worth of on-the-ground experience with a Singapore government agency, and a multi-national security consultancy. The consultant is an alumnus of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) with a Master of Science (M.Sc) in Strategic Studies, where he completed a dissertation on terrorism and radical Islam. Due to security concerns, we will not be naming the consultant here.

Fees (early registration on or before 1 November 2017):

Early registration: SGD349
Normal registration: SGD399
Groups of three or more: SGD300 per person.

Workshop will be limited to only 30 persons maximum to ensure effective delivery, and more conducive discussions. Due to security concerns, all registration details, including your name and attendance, are strictly confidential and will not be disclosed.

To register, please send us your name, email address and contact number to events | crimsonmay ! com. Alternatively, click 'going' in this event, and we will be contacting you as soon as we can.

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