As part of high-level, event-packed week, the Riyadh Forum on Countering Extremism and Fighting Terrorism kicks-off tomorrow
Date: 2017-05-20

The inaugural Riyadh Forum on Countering Extremism and Fighting Terrorism is kicking-off tomorrow at the Intercontinental Hotel. Organized by The King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, and sponsored by the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition, this year’s theme “The Nature of Extremism and the Future of Terrorism” is part of the high-level, event-packed week, coinciding with President Donald Trump’s historical visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Riyadh Forum will have world renown keynote speakers, including HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal, Chairman of Board of Advisors, The King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Former US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, Former Foreign Minister of Italy Franco Frattini, Professor Ridwan Elsayyed, Professor of Islamic Studies, Lebanese University, Dr. Hoda Al-Helaissi, Member of the Shura Council, Dr. Saud Alsarhan, Secretary General of The King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Sir John Jenkins, Executive Director, The International Institute for Strategic Studies – Middle East, Bahrain and Richard Barrett, Director, The Global Strategy Network, Former Head of Global Counterterrorism Operations MI6.

In addition, there will be twenty-six subject matter experts, broken down into four panels, in the areas of countering extremism and fighting terrorism. Their knowledge and expertise will create important discussions on the issue facing the world today as they relate to the nature of extremism and the future of terrorism. The forum will also see the participation of more than 100 academic and media experts from around the world, in addition to a large audience from within the Kingdom.


The forum consists of four panels: Daesh 2.0 & The Future of Terrorism; Online Extremism and Offline Terrorism; The Crime/Terror Nexus; and Confronting Terrorism. The forum panels aim to provide an open and frank discussion on the issues facing our region and the world today. Each panel will be attended by subject matter experts, in the fields of extremism and terrorism, that will shed light on the real nature of extremism and discuss actual solutions to fighting terrorism. The hope is that this dialogue will inspire others to conduct research and develop tangible strategies to fight extremism in all its forms.

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