Terrorism: Lessons from Bali

Added by on September 7, 2012

Lessons learnt in the 10 years since the Bali nightclub bombings, which claimed the lives of 202 people including 88 Australians will be the topic of a conference hosted by Monash University.

The University’s Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC) will host a major international conference to discuss the ways Australia and Indonesia have responded to terrorism, the impact of terrorism on international relations and counter-terrorism measures implemented since October 2002.

The conference will bring together local and international experts from across the counter-terrorism community with keynote speakers including Muhammad Zarkasih from Special Detachment 88 Anti Terror, Indonesian National Police, VicPol’s Deputy Commissioner (Crime) Graham Ashton, Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at London’s King’s College Professor Peter Neumann, and Deputy Secretary, National Security and Criminal Justice Tony Sheehan from the Attorney-General’s Department.

Monash University’s Professor Greg Barton, Herb Feith Research Professor for the Study of Indonesia and a researcher with GTReC, said the conference would bring together academics, practitioners and policy makers to discuss current research and its application to practice.

“It is timely we look at the impact terrorism has had over the past decade and the region’s responses both now and into the future,” Professor Barton said.

“The conference will assist us to better understand the terrorist threat both at a local and regional level, with ways to counter violent extremism and radicalising environments.”

As well as researchers from GTReC, speakers from the Centre of Excellence for National Security, RSIS, Singapore; Institute for International Peace Building, Indonesia; Leiden University; University of Birmingham; International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, The Hague; and the Community Relations Commission of NSW will also present their current research.

The conference is part of the GTReC’s ARC Linkage Project on Radicalisation.

Terrorism and Counter-terrorism in Australia and Indonesia: 10 years after Bali will take place on 26 – 28 September at the Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

For more information contact Glynis Smalley, Monash Media & Communications + 61 3 9903 4843 or 0408 027 848.