Global Security Asia 2015 conference to focus on ISIS

Organizers of the Global Security Asia (GSA) 2015 Counter-terrorism Conference and Exhibition said this week that the focus of the conference will be ISIS and what threats the terrorist group poses in the region.

The conference will take place March 3-5 at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Center. Topics that will be covered include bio-terror threats, ISIS' use of social media, strategic response to the group and the Terrorist-Criminal Nexus on the internet.

"ISIS presents a credible and wide-reaching threat to global security, not just in the Middle East," Conference Chairman Rohan Gunaratna said. "ISIS' ability to radicalize and militarize individuals anywhere in the world is growing. We want to assess the impact of the ISIS threat in Asia, including from chemical, biological and radiological attacks."

A large portion of the conference will focus on the theme "New Asian Threat Landscape," which includes current and emerging threat concerns from ISIS and what are the appropriate national and societal responses. They said the organization's use of communication technology and social media presents a new threat to the regional and international community.

"(The conference) allows us to examine the emerging ISIS threats and its influence in the region," GSA Exhibitions Managing Director Andrew Marriott said. "This is undoubtedly a unique opportunity for all delegates to update themselves on the progress and threat from Islamic State, which is currently destabilizing huge swaths of the world and needs to be effectively contained in the local and regional context."