DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, (AP) – A report by Qatar-based security experts urges officials around the world to adopt more grass-roots strategies to fight extremist ideologies.
The report says security officials need to better understand the “radicalization process” and win over extremists with brains-over-brawn outreach such as moderate clerics.
The study was issued Monday at an Interpol conference in Qatar’s capital Doha.
Qatar International Academy of Security Studies said many agencies have concentrated too much on trying to topple extremist cells. It urges more attention on breaking the foundations of radical Islam and other militant ideologies.
The paper was compiled by former counterterrorism experts from agencies including the CIA and FBI.