20 Mar 2020
Policy Paper (16)

Social, ethical responsibility of educational institutions in countering extremism and terrorism: The UAE model

Dr. Mohammed Abdullah Al-Ali

The threat posed by extremism and terrorism is no longer limited to a country or region. Extremist organizations working across borders do not spare anyone while carrying out their operations. The complexity of the threat is reflected, one way or another, in the nature of strategies adopted by countries to address these phenomena. The UAE has been at the forefront of efforts to tackle this problem: efforts made by various institutions in the UAE have been integrated to address extremism and terrorism and support the high level of stability in the country.

In view of the nature of the threat, an emphasis is needed on the importance of working toward developing the social and ethical responsibility of educational institutions, given that they play a key and effective role in countering terrorism. This is especially relevant as such institutions have to cooperate with other institutions in the society while carrying out their role, which reflects the paramount importance of constructing an overarching strategy to counter extremism and terrorism. By safeguarding against extremist ideologies, educational institutions can raise students’ awareness about these threats and entrench a system with positive moral values that protects them against extremist ideas or practices alien to society.


Dr. Mohammad Al-Ali is The CEO and Founder of the new TRENDS Research & Advisory & Senior Researcher/Writer and an Emirati author, specializing in strategic and political affairs.

Dr. Al-Ali received a Ph.D. in Criminology from Mutah University. He obtained a Master of Arts in Diplomacy from the American University in the Emirates, and a Bachelor’s in media, radio, and television from the UAE University.

He has vast experience in the media where he supervised magazines and academic journals covering and analyzing regional and international developments. He has worked as Editor-in-Chief of several scholarly periodicals and has held important positions in think-tanks.

Dr. Al-Ali has produced several studies including The Role of Electronic Press in Creating Awareness Among the Youth in Arab Gulf Countries, published in the Annals of Arts and Social Sciences in Kuwait. He has also presented numerous research papers at various international conferences.