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Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman?s Three-Pronged Approach to Counter-Terrorism


  • Report: Salman Al Ansari
  • Dr. Majid Rafizadeh


Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who according to the New York Times "has moved quickly to revolutionize his country?s economy in ways that offer tantalizing hints at even broader reforms", is now establishing and spearheading a new comprehensive, locally and internationally coordinated counter-terrorism strategy. President Obama hosted Mohammed bin Salman in June, 2016 and discussed U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as well as expressed appreciation for Saudi Arabia's efforts in combatting ISIS and contributing to the campaign against ISIS. While the strategy is centered around conventional methods of countering terrorism, such as monitoring, tracking down and eliminating terrorist threats, it will do so by focusing on eradicating any terrorist cyber-presence, combatting extremist ideologies, and establishing a coalition of countries. the Deputy Crown Prince pushed for three main directions towards the strategy that focus on tackling terrorism through multiple fronts that include (but are not limited to) digital, ideological and military fronts. Three centers have been established that take on each respective front.

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  • Report: Salman Al Ansari & Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, 2016. "Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman?s Three-Pronged Approach to Counter-Terrorism," Working Paper 451646, Harvard University OpenScholar.
  • Handle: RePEc:qsh:wpaper:451646

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