x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 23 November 2017

Combating terror

Top marks for an Abu Dhabi think tank shows how critical an Emiratt voice is in the debate

Dr Ahmed Al Hamli, chairman and founder of Trends, an independent Emirati think tank at his office in Abu Dhabi. Christopher Pike / The National
Dr Ahmed Al Hamli, chairman and founder of Trends, an independent Emirati think tank at his office in Abu Dhabi. Christopher Pike / The National

Around the world, a race to unpack and understand the minds of extremists is well underway. From America to France, extremists seemingly appear out of thin air after quiet radicalisation. The Middle East is, of course, no stranger to extremist movements and as such, it is critical for local perspectives to be included in the global conversation on how to crush extremist movements before they become too powerful.

The Abu Dhabi think tank Trends Research and Advisory has been at the forefront of analysing the security implications of extremist movements. Thanks to it Emirati perspective on the cultural specificities unique to this region, the think tank has become a global leader in the industry. The institute has been ranked as one of the top 10 in the world according to the Go To Global Think Tank Index by the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. Such developments are critical to the global fight against extremism and the overall security of the region.