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Debating Security +

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

The report provides Top 10 Recommendations that address practical policy goals and shifts in security thinking, underpinned by a realistic roadmap for implementation. Within this framework, Hedayah focused on Recommendation #6, which states “think small to prevent and counter-radicalization strategies.” Whereas, Trends Research and Advisory presented on Recommendation #10, which states “all-inclusive approach to development, defense and security issues.” Read more on each of the recommendations here.

The roundtable provided the opportunity to discuss these recommendations and introduce topics to be addressed during the 2018 edition of Debating Security Plus.


Hedayah moderated on Countering Radicalization and Global Terrorism during the Debating Security Plus, a massive global online brainstorm entirely held online by Friends of Europe from 26–28 September 2017. The forum included several thousand participants from various sectors comprising government officials, international organizations, civil society, NGOs, academia, think tanks and many more. Debating Security Plus provided a platform for participants to discuss pressing security challenges, including violent extremism and terrorism, at strategic, tactical and operational levels. High-level policy makers from around the globe logged in and had the chance to interact with the variety of participants and develop concrete solutions for a safer world. The online brainstorm revolved around six topics.

  • Countering radicalization and global terrorism
  • From hybrid to asymmetric warfare
  • Nuclear proliferation and other nuclear threats
  • Cyber defense and deterrence
  • Realigning security and development
  • Climate change, conflict and mass migration

Hedayah led and moderated on Countering Radicalization and Global Terrorism with the aim to sensitize on the need to complement traditional kinetic measures with long-term CVE approaches. 

For more information on the online brainstorm please visit:

Debating Security Plus http://frnds.eu/DebSecPlus17

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