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Hedayah was created in response to the growing desire from members of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum and the wider international community for the establishment of an independent, multilateral center.

During the ministerial-level launch of the GCTF in New York in September 2011, the U.A.E offered to serve as the host of the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism. In December 2012, Hedayah was inaugurated with its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. 

Hedayah is devoted to dialogue and communications, capacity building programs, research and analysis to counter violent extremism in all of its forms and manifestations.


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Hedayah leads online discussion on 'Realigning Crime-Terror Nexus'

posted on 19 Jun 2018 news

ABU DHABI | WAM | Hedayah, the International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, CVE, led a discussion with the public on 'Realigning the Crime-Terror Nexus' that took place at the sixth edition of Debating Security Plus, convened by Friends of Europe.

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News & Activities

Debating Security Plus Roundtable Discussion

11 Dec 2017 Activity

On 12 April 2018, Hedayah, Friends of Europe and TRENDS Research and Advisory plan will be convening a one-day roundtable in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. The roundtable marks the local launch of the report Debating Security Plus Report (5th Edition) as a result of the Debating Security Plus 2017.

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Mohammed Al Bowardi praises efforts of Hedayah, Sawab centres in combatting extremism

25 Jun 2018 news

ABU DHABI, 25th June, 2018 (WAM) -- Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs, visited the "Hedayah International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism" while accompanied by a delegation of senior officials and officers from the ministry.

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