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Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Saudi Arabia

Sumanto Al Qurtuby and Shafi Aldamer


Since 2001, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been fighting domestic terrorism and adopting policies and strategies in countering radicalism and terrorism. How effective are these policies, strategies, and tactics in combating terrorist ideology, reducing the number of terrorist activists and sympathizers, as well as preventing terrorist acts in the Kingdom? Although the government’s roles and efforts in counterterrorism programs are fruitful and advantageous, further strategic actions are necessary.

Keywords: Terrorism, counterterrorism, radicalism, violent extremism, terrorist ideology, Islam, Muslim, Saudi Arabia, government policy, strategy

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pp. 56–76