Participating Defense Force
Branches: The National Counter
Terrorism Agency in Indonesia (BNPT)
Malaysia Maritime Enforcement
Royal Malaysia Police
Philippine National Police
The Philippine Army
Philippine Center for Islam and
This virtual conference, held over May 30-31, 2023, was the first event in the Youth, Gender, and Preventing Violent Extremism in Southeast Asia event series, organized by Pacific Forum and the US Indo-Pacific Command. The overarching goal of the series is to build relationships between civil society organizations and security personnel that are focused on addressing extremism in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. In this way, the series aims to connect civil society and security institutions, bringing together actors working to prevent & counter extremism (P/CVE) at the local, national, and regional levels.
The conference allowed security personnel to engage with grassroots organizations dedicated to countering extremism through gender and youth-focused approaches. In turn, these grassroots organizations offered actionable policy recommendations for security personnel on how they can work more effectively together in future. Discussions that took place during the virtual conference will be continued through the in-person workshop held in November 2023.