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Decolonising academia has gained much traction in some global north and global south countries over the last few years, resulting in initiatives to decolonise the social sciences. However, terrorist studies and, by extension, the terrorism industry have so far escaped such calls. The industry has a long and deep relationship with powerful global north countries, such as the US. The industry produces a range of surveillance and military technologies and knowledge on political violence that is often employed to reinforce coloniality in the global north and global south countries.

This seminar aims to start a discussion among scholars and human rights activists on the need to decolonise the terrorism industry as a whole in global southern countries. The presenters will detail why it is important to decolonise the terrorism industry from the perspective of their locals (Kenya, UK and Malaysia).

📅Date: TUESDAY, 9th January 2024
⏰Time: 3:00PM (GMT+8 KL)
📍Platform: Zoom Online Meeting

🛑 Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 263 921 1450
Passcode: LLct53

🛑 Facebook live available on PGPF page.



University of Derby, Singapore

Dr Mohammed Ilyas is a lecturer in Criminology and Security at the University of Derby, Singapore. He is interested in sociological and criminological theory, including religion, race, ethnicity, inequality, risk theory, terrorism, hate crime and decoloniality. Currently, he is researching coloniality in the terrorism industry.


The Africa International University, Kenya

Currently works as adjunct lecturer at The Africa International University, Kenya. He holds PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies, from the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS), University of Otago. In his early career, Samwel has been an activist of human rights and specifically touching on gender-based violence and structural forms discrimination. His academic interests focus broadly on the enhancement of African voices in knowledge production, conflict transformation, peacebuilding, Countering Violent Extremism. His most recent publications are in Critical Terrorism Studies (CTS), decoliniality, and indigeneity. He served previously as Chief Executive Officer at Peace and Development Network (PeaceNet-Kenya); Research Officer at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) Kenya, and was part-time lecturer at the Institute of Gender Women and Development Studies, Egerton University, Kenya.


PGPF / National Defence University, Malaysia

Mohd Mizan holds a position as Professor in Security & Strategic Studies at the National Defence University of Malaysia (NDUM). Mizan also a Senior Fellow at the Global Peace Institute (GPI), London, United Kingdom. Prof. Mizan holds a position as National Panel for Deradicalization, a special task-force unit for rehabilitation program to terrorist’s inmates. Mizan also works with Prime Minister Office & Ministry of Home Affairs of Malaysia in field research and developing modules and programmes on deradicalization program (PCVE). Mizan was a former professor in Counter Terrorism Studies at the Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS), Riyadh Saudi Arabia where he established the Centre for Terrorism & Extremism Studies (CTES). He holds a position as Board of Trustee of Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF). Mizan also work with Middle Eastern Institute (MEI), Washington USA as Country Expert in analysing terrorism and extremism issues in SEA & MENA. He was a visiting scholar at University of Hawaii at Manoa USA, Ibnu Haldun Universitasi, Istanbul, and Universitas Sultan Yusoff, Jakarta.