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Debating Security Plus Roundtable 2018

Published On 05 Aug 2018

On 26 November 2018, Hedayah, Friends of Europe and TRENDS Research & Advisory convened a one-day roundtable in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. The roundtable marked the local launch of the 2018 Debating Security Plus (DS+) Report (6th Edition) as a result of the Debating Security Plus 2018.

The one-day roundtable provided the opportunity for locally-based experts, youth, academia, the private sector, and policymakers to discuss the recommendations resulting from DS+ 2018 in-depth and its applicability to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The roundtable also welcomed suggestions for topics to address during the upcoming DS+ in 2019. It comprised of interactive sessions within working groups along with relevant presentations to capture participants’ feedback. Participants discussed the content of the recommendations in detail and its implementation both in the short- and long-term. Each working group presented their plans at the end of the roundtable specifically developed for the MENA context.

Within this framework, Hedayah focused on Recommendation #7: “use criminal rehabilitation programs as a model for reintegrating violent extremists back into society” during the roundtable. It also focused on effective solutions for reintegrating criminal gangs that can apply to counter violent extremism (CVE) efforts. In particular, the recommendation highlighted the importance of psychological support as a means to ensure full disengagement and rehabilitation.

On the other hand, TRENDS Research & Advisory focused on Recommendation #9: “include both nuclear and non-nuclear states to guide the process of tangible denuclearization”. This recommendation also addressed the need to limit the proliferation of nuclear weapons and work towards denuclearization globally. It also sought to expand the actors involved in discussions about nuclear weapons. For the Middle East, in particular, more states are proceeding with developing nuclear energy capabilities, giving them a prominent role in debates on weapons proliferation.


Debating Security Plus is Friends of Europe’s annual online brainstorm convening thousands of participants globally from the fields of peace, security, defense and beyond. It aims to develop sustainable solutions for some of the most pressing security issues. As a result, Debating Security Plus produces a report featuring the top ten recommendations that address practical policy goals and shifts in security thinking, underpinned by a realistic roadmap for implementation. For more information, click here.



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