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Date: 17:00-18:00, Thursday 15th March 2018
Location: Committee Room 4A, House of Lords,
Palace of Westminster, London, SW1A 0PW
Fellow for the Centre for the Response to Radicalisation and Terrorism
The Henry Jackson Society
Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
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Since the Arab Spring in 2011, fighting Islamic extremism has become a key policy priority for the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). 414 people have been killed in the GCC in terrorism-related attacks over the last five years. This has led the governments of the Gulf states to announce anti-terrorism strategies which tackle the root causes of terrorism. In April 2015, Saudi Arabia announced a blueprint of Vision 2030, which outlined its ambition to become “a tolerant country with Islam as its constitution and moderation as its method”. In October 2017, the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman promised to return his country to “moderate Islam”. Despite this rhetoric, details of how the government intends to achieve this objective have been thin on the ground.
By kind invitation of The Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to attend a panel discussion with Najah Al-Otaibi, Research Fellow in HJS’ Centre for the Response to Radicalisation and Terrorism, and Jane Kinninmont, Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House, who will discuss how the GCC addresses and tackles violent extremism and identify ways in which the UK may be able to assist them.
Najah Al-Otaibi is a Fellow for the Centre for the Response to Radicalisation and Terrorism. Najah is an experienced analyst focussing on geopolitics, public policy in the Middle East with a particular speciality in counter-extremism policy and research. Najah was among the winners of the “Every Human Has Rights” media awards and has an extensive track record in writing for international and Arab media including Al-Arabiya. Whilst completing her PhD, Najah has worked as a researcher for the Tony Blair Foundation, and the Centre on Religion and Geopolitics.
Jane Kinninmont is Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House. Previously she was Associate Director for the Middle East and Africa at the Economist Group; Middle East and North Africa Editor and Economist at the Economist Intelligence Unit; and Managing Editor for Middle East and Africa at Business Monitor International. She contributes regularly to the media, including The Economist, The Guardian and Foreign Policy. Her research interests include the international relations of the Middle East; deconstructing the politics of sectarianism in the Gulf and Levant; the development of opposition movements and new actors; and the challenges that political economy structures pose to transitions in the region. She has a BA from the University of Oxford and an MSc from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.