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Combating Terrorism

Saudi Arabia’s Role in the War on Terror
Ali S. Awadh Asseri
The book describes the efforts made by the Government of Saudi Arabia to combat terrorism with specific reference to the innovative three-pronged strategy that has been successfully implemented in the Kingdom. The author traces the problems around defining terrorism, highlighting the difference between a terrorist and a freedom fighter, and goes on to a functional definition. He also discusses terrorism in practice and highlights its purposes and goals, defines it in its historical perspective, and concludes with terrorism practised in the name of religion. The Islamic perspective is examined, outlining the abhorrence that Islam has for terrorist practices, the real meaning of jihad and the Islamic tradition of peaceful co-existence. The author elaborates on the root causes of terrorism with specific stress on the grievances of Muslims throughout the world. The author explains how the three-pronged Saudi strategy is practised within its domestic, regional, and international dimensions. The book also offers some case studies on the Saudi strategy and contains some concluding remarks with regard to pursuit of a world free of terror.
Author Description
Born at Asser in the southern region of Saudi Arabia, Ali Saeed Awadh Asseri graduated from the Police Academy, Riyadh in 1976. After passing his advanced course in government administration from the Royal Institute of Public Administration, London, he undertook various training courses in the USA and UK including from Hendon Police College, London as well as under the Manchester Police and Scotland Yard, in the fields of combating terrorism, hijacking, hostage negotiations, physical security, ambassadorial security, and high crisis management. He has a Master’s in International Relations. Commissioned as Lieutenant in the Interior Security Forces in 1976, Ali Asseri rose to the rank of Brigadier. Assigned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1982, he served as Director General of the Diplomatic Security Department and headed senior diplomatic delegations to the Central Asian countries and to Bosnia, Albania, and Hungary to open new embassies. He was also a member of the faculty at the Diplomatic Studies Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Riyadh and was part of the investigation team looking into the assassination of Saudi diplomats by terrorists in various parts of the world. Ali Asseri was appointed Ambassador to Pakistan in 2001 where he served till 2009. He is currently serving as the Saudi Ambassador in Lebanon. His previous publications include a book titled Post September 11: The Efforts to Combat the Negative Fallout. Ali Asseri’s interests include learning about various cultures and ideologies and interacting closely with people from divergent backgrounds. He is married with three children.
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ISBN 9780195478075
Weight in kg 0.405
Rights World
Year of Publication 2009
Binding Hardback
Pages 212 pages