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Munira Mustaffa

Visiting Fellow, Current and Emerging Threats


Munira Mustaffa joined the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) as a Visiting Fellow under the Current and Emerging Threat Programme from October until December 2023. Her research investigates the impact of pro- and anti-establishment extremism within the Global South, particularly emphasising electoral disinformation and vulnerabilities.

As the founder, Executive Director, and principal consultant of Chasseur Group, Munira boasts over a decade of comprehensive experience across private, public, and military security sectors. She has briefed various government, defense, and private-sector stakeholders. She previously served as a counter-terrorism analyst for the Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Counter-terrorism (SEARCCT) and as a civilian analyst for the Counterterrorism Division at the Defense Intelligence Staff Division (now known as the Malaysian Defence Intelligence Organisation, MDIO).

Munira is also a non-resident fellow at the New Lines Institute for Strategy and Policy, a Washington, DC-based policy think tank, and a fellow at Verve Research, an independent research collective focusing on military-society relations in the Indo-Pacific region's political development. Her work primarily identifies and analyses non-traditional security challenges, including terrorism, extremism, paramilitary organisations, clandestine activities, malign influence operations, and media and information warfare.

She has been published by NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE), Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET) Insights, New Lines Institute for Strategy and Policy, Lowy Institute, and Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI). Munira is a graduate of University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom, where she earned her MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism at the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science.