The 7th Annual INTERPA Conference hosted by Qatar Police College recently, tackled ‘New Trends in Combating Terrorism and Extremism’.

The event, which was held at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort and Convention Hotel, was participated by at least 42 countries, 47 institutions and five international organisations. Twenty-one papers were presented in six different sessions. Five new membership applications were approved during the conference: Timor-Leste, Cameroon, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, and Zambia.

The conference addressed a number of key issues:

  • The difference between attitude and behaviour in psychology books, as well as the link between violent attitudes and actions with regards to extremism
  • Dealing with extremist attitudes and beliefs calls for a different set of skills than fighting terrorists and extremists
  • Although the rational choice still has a significant impact, there is an increasing recognition of the importance of emotions and emotional experience in understanding political extremism
  • It has been confirmed that social networks play an important role in communication among people around the world, and besides their advantages, terrorist groups use them to recruit potential candidates
  • The Information Society has paved the way for more sophisticated ways to spread extremism across the world
  • The importance of family in the fight against terrorism was emphasised and that international cooperation in the prevention and combat of terrorism and extremism in social networks are essential
  • Southeast Asia is one of the most important targets of international terrorism and extremism, and international cooperation is needed between countries to combat exploitation of terrorism networks
  • Rising extremism and terrorism in football fields and the role of sports institutions and states in the fight against sports extremism require careful study
  • A safe environment during sporting events, and coordinate between different institutions, law enforcement agencies, local authorities and the public
  • Preparations for the year were discussed in detail, including information on planning, security preparation, strategic partnerships and related projects
  • Daesh used good marketing strategies to attract and deceive foreign fighters in jihad adventures. Terrorist organisations operate with a false understanding of religion and misinterpret religious rulings
  • Since people tend to misuse everything that is prevalent and because Islam is strong in terms of the number of followers in the world, terrorist organisations tend to exploit Islam in many cases
  • Terrorist organisations have exploited Islam to spread terrorism, and also to spread fear of Islam in favour of world powers
  • The need to study anti-terrorism and extremism programmes has become urgent and necessary
  • Special evidence procedures are central to the struggle against the most serious crimes, as well as in the exercise of fundamental freedoms and rights