SEOUL, 9th September 2016 (WAM) – Maqsoud Kruse, Executive Director of Hedayah, the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) participated in the Fifth Annual Seoul Defense Dialogue, hosted by the Defense Ministry under the theme of “Complex Security Crisis: Challenges and Solutions” held in Westin Chosun Hotel, Seoul, from 7– 9 September 2016.

Opening remarks for the Seoul Defense Dialogue were delivered by Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, Defense Minister Han Min-koo and keynote speaker Ahmet Uzumcu, General-Director for Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

The vice-ministerial level forum convened high-ranking defense officials and experts among more than 300 participants from 33 countries including US, Japan, Chile, the Philippines and Laos and 5 international organizations to discuss ways to address global security issues and international cooperation, such denuclearization of North Korea, maritime security cooperation and cybersecurity and violent extremism challenges.

Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Hedayah’s Steering Board reiterated the importance of Hedayah’s participation in Seoul Defense Dialogue as a leading regional and international forum that has been helping in finding feasible solutions to global security issues since it kicked off for the first time in September 2012.

During his intervention on terrorism and violent extremism at the second session of Seoul Defense Dialogue, Maqsoud Kruse, Executive Director of Hedayah, highly commended the efforts exerted by the distinguished panelists’ discussions and analyses to come up with not only security and defense-related solutions but also preventive measures and recommendations to address the global challenges, particularly related to, the forms of transcending violent extremism and growing numbers of Foreign Terrorist Fighters.