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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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Life lessons: Battle for or against extremists and terrorists is waged online

posted on 17 Mar 2017 news

THE NATIONAL | ABU DHABI | ‘I say to you that we are in a battle, and that more than half of this battle is taking place in the battlefield of the media." These were the words in a letter written in 2005 by Ayman Al Zawahiri, who was the deputy leader of Al Qaeda at the time.

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FTF Programs Catalogue

03 Nov 2016 Activity

On 8 December 2016, Hedayah launched the FTF Programs Catalogue in order to support the practical implementation of The Hague—Marrakech Memorandum and its Addendum, in particular on the CVE and returnee elements of the FTF phenomenon, the catalogue outlines existing programs sponsored by or led by countries that all UN member states may find useful or appropriate for their particular national context.

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Confronting extremism requires several different strategies

22 Mar 2017 news

GULF NEWS | ABU DHABI | With the continued challenging rise of extremism in the region, countries need to approach the problem with more than one strategy which includes legislation, education, and providing an alternative vision to that of the extremists said experts at a conference in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

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