Policy & Research Forum
May 22, 2008
On May 22, 2008, the Homeland Security Policy Institute hosted a roundtable discussion featuring Professor Kumar Ramakrishna, Head of the Centre of Excellence for National Security, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore.
Professor Ramakrishna reviewed the British experience in the Malayan Emergency and offered a range of counterterrorism lessons to be learned from that case. The discussion following his presentation raised a number of crucial themes, including how best to calibrate the role of government in order to maximize the effectiveness of counter-radicalization measures. Professor Ramakrishna emphasized that government can help create the “space” in which dialogue is fostered, and observed further that government rhetoric and messaging must be consistent with actual deeds in order to “win hearts and minds,” and achieve counterterrorist ends. The desirability of adopting a “whole of government” approach, drawing also on a range of non-governmental entities, was also highlighted.
The HSPI Policy & Research Forum series is designed to spotlight cutting-edge policy solutions and innovative strategies to some of the most pressing national and international concerns. The Forum features leading officials, practitioners and thinkers in a systematic way designed to better highlight their work and promote a dialogue on effective solutions to current issues.