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Hedayah was created in response to the growing desire from members of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum and the wider international community for the establishment of an independent, multilateral center.

During the ministerial-level launch of the GCTF in New York in September 2011, the U.A.E offered to serve as the host of the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism. In December 2012, Hedayah was inaugurated with its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. 

Hedayah is devoted to dialogue and communications, capacity building programs, research and analysis to counter violent extremism in all of its forms and manifestations.



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Italian Minister of Interior Visits Hedayah

posted on 06 Oct 2016 news

ABU DHABI | On Thursday 6 October 2016, His Excellency Angelino Alfano, Minister of Interior of Italy and his delegation visited Hedayah, The International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and discussed CVE national strategies, issues related to the threat of Foreign Terrorist Fighters and the rehabilitation and reintegration of returnees among other relevant issues.

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News & Activities

Launch of the Counter Narrative Library

03 Oct 2016 Activity

On 3 October 2016, Hedayah launched the Counter-Narrative Library, a comprehensive portal where governments, practitioners and civil society can access content, toolkits and good practices to counter the narratives of all forms of violent extremism.

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Hedayah ED Kruse publishes "CVE Strategies in the Muslim World"

23 Oct 2016 news

ABU DHABI | Hedayah Executive Director, Mr. Maqsoud Kruse, published a new article on “Countering Violent Extremism Strategies in the Muslim World” in “The Annals of The American Academy of Political & Social Science” as part of the current November Issue Volume 668 (1) on “The Middle East and Regional Transition, Terrorism, and Countering Violent Extremism: What the Next President Will Face”.

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