Identifying new and emerging terrorist threats in Asia-Pacific focus of INTERPOL programme
DANANG, Vietnam – Counter-terrorism and intelligence specialists have taken part in the INTERPOL Project Pacific working group meeting on new and emerging terrorist threats and trends in the Asia Pacific region.
The three-day (23 – 25 June) meeting launched the two-year INTERPOL Capacity Building Programme on countering transnational terrorism and other security threats in the Southeast Asia region funded by the Government of Canada.
Among the areas addressed by the working group were trends in the use of improvised explosive devices, foreign fighters and countering terrorist activities in cyberspace. The working group’s findings will result in an Intelligence Assessment in the Emerging Terrorist Threats and Trends in the region.
Opened by Major General Tran Duy Thanh, Deputy Head of the Department of Foreign Relations of Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security and David Devine, Canadian Ambassador to Vietnam, the working group received input from a range of INTERPOL specialist officers including from the Counter-Terrorism Fusion Centre, Criminal Analysis, Capacity Building and Training and Cyber Innovation and Outreach units.
As part of the programme, the involved units are also currently developing a curriculum for specialized training on the terrorist use of social media for recruitment, radicalization and training.
Countries represented at the meeting were Australia, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.