Home / HR/ Fuard wins Best Security and Strategic Studies Presentation prize at KDU research conference

Fuard wins Best Security and Strategic Studies Presentation prize at KDU research conference

Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Tuesday, 2 October 2018 00:13



The award for the Best Security and Strategic Studies Presentation at the 11th International Research Conference of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University was presented to Defence Analyst and former War Correspondent Asif Fuard.

The research paper titled ‘Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremist Propaganda through Strategic Communications in Sri Lanka’, authored and presented by Fuard, analysed Islamic extremism and Sinhala Buddhist extremism in Sri Lanka and provided recommendations on an integrated and collaborative strategic communication framework to counter violent extremism. 

“Faith-based extremism is a security dilemma which is currently prevailing in many nations. Apart from Islamic extremist terror groups such as ISIS which have captured global attention, the world has experienced the rise of Christian extremist groups in Africa, Neo-Nazi extremist groups in Europe, Buddhist extremist groups in Myanmar, white supremacist groups in United States and Hindu extremism in India. The key driving force of all these extremist groups is their ideology and propaganda mechanism. The advent of social media has enabled violent extremist groups to engage a much larger audience than ever before,” Fuard said, addressing an eminent gathering of academics, diplomats and senior military officers at the conference. “The asymmetric nature of terrorism in today’s world is such that a non-combatant can easily evolve into a combatant if the right motivation is provided and the right image is portrayed. Social media and the internet alone do not instantly radicalise an individual. Radicalisation is a process and the internet merely acts as a tool or a catalyst used by extremist groups to take their message to a much wider audience,” he said

He stated that the objective of Strategic Communication was to employ strategies and tactics to prevent extremist violence and to prevent non-combatants from evolving into violent extremist combatants. 

“Extremism in all its manifestations is a grave threat to national security which needs to be addressed. The absence of a unifying national counter narrative limits Sri Lanka’s ability to effectively fight violent extremism within its borders. Strategic Communication is a force multiplier and its applications to counter terrorism and extremism can be implemented at the strategic, operational and tactical levels. In this age of propaganda warfare, it is the need of the hour to take the appropriate steps to counter the rising tide of extremism,” he said. 

Last year, former Sri Lanka Navy Commander, Admiral Dr. Jayanath Colombage, was presented the award for the best presentation at the 2017 KDU International Research Conference. 

Share This Article

Facebook Twitter


1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.


Today's Columnists

Soaring heights of NPLs in banking

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Capital inadequacy, political interference, abuse of power, wasteful and unproductive expenditure, corrupt deals, circumventions of regulatory directions, unscrupulous lending operations, imposed IMF and WB conditions for reforms, and window-dressed

New Land Policy: Ideal alternate development strategy, but accompanying policies needed

Thursday, 27 June 2019

It is reported that the Government has prepared a law to grant freehold possession of farm land held under lease from the Government. This may be a revision of the Land Development Ordinance (LDO) of 1935. This article proposes to discuss the pros a

Need for an education revolution: Future of our kids and the nation is at risk – Part II

Thursday, 27 June 2019

A journalist of New York Times requested Hideki Shirakawa, a Nobel laureate, to describe Japanese culture. He said, “Fundamentally, Japanese culture is based on rice farming. Rice cultivation requires a lot of water, and water must be shared evenly

Country’s reconciliation with English and Moragahakanda

Thursday, 27 June 2019

When the country received independence from British, it was blessed with an efficient administration, a high standard in education, and also sound foreign exchange reserves; the country was admired by other countries. The three major and several mino

Columnists More