October 7, 2015

Junior Research Fellow Helga Kalm Speaks about Terrorism and Regional Security Aspects

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Indonesian policemen stand guard as Ahmad Junaedi (R) and Aprimul Henry alias Mulbin Arifin (C), who are accused of supporting Islamic State, arrive for their trial at the West Jakarta court in Jakarta, February 9, 2016. An Indonesian court on Tuesday handed down prison terms to seven men accused of supporting Islamic State, including Junaedi and Henry, amid a security crackdown on the militant group's suspected sympathizers in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation.
Indonesian policemen stand guard as Ahmad Junaedi (R) and Aprimul Henry alias Mulbin Arifin (C), who are accused of supporting Islamic State, arrive for their trial at the West Jakarta court in Jakarta, February 9, 2016. An Indonesian court on Tuesday handed down prison terms to seven men accused of supporting Islamic State, including Junaedi and Henry, amid a security crackdown on the militant group's suspected sympathizers in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation.

Junior Research Fellow Helga Kalm delivered a lecture on Terrorism and regional security aspects at conference on “Regional Security Challenges in the Real and Virtual Worlds” organized by the College of Europe Natolin on 7 October 2015.

Kalm focused on explaining how the rise of terrorism in Europe affects local security concerns. She noted that Estonia is affected by the civil war in Syria and the refugee crisis that stems from it. In addition to explaining the threat that returning foreign fighters and the social media presence of the Islamic State pose, Kalm highlighted the worrisome trend of right wing extremism. Although, no right wing terrorist acts have been committed in Estonia so far, the division and hatred in society is a cause for caution.

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