Asharq Alawsat reports that Saudi Arabia has begun to offer anti-terrorism training to a number of European and other countries. Based on the success of the Saudi rehabilitation program for those arrested on terrorism charges, other countries are interested in learning how it’s being done. While the rehab program, Munasha, is far from perfect, it has produced a lower recidivism rate than most behavior modification programs. It will be interesting to learn whether this success is based on the multifaceted program itself, or whether success is specific to the Saudi cultural milieu.
Saudi Arabia begins international police anti-terror training
Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—Saudi Arabia’s success in tackling terrorism has led eight European countries, in addition to Turkey, Singapore and South Africa to send police officers to train in the kingdom.
More than 40 counter-terrorism police officers from around the world have been enrolled at Prince Naif University for Security Sciences (NAUSS) in Riyadh to receive training in anti-terrorist operations.
Khaled Al-Harfash, NAUSS spokesman, told Asharq Al-Awsat that Saudi instructors from the university began a five-day training program yesterday for police officers from Germany, Spain, Romania, Singapore, France, Austria, Britain, Turkey, South Africa, Netherlands, and Sweden.
The university has signed over 120 cooperation agreements with security institutions and academies all over the world to develop the abilities of police officers, he added.
“By sending their counter-terrorism police officers to be trained by specialized Saudi academic cadres, these countries want in the first place to acquaint themselves with and adapt the Saudi experience in fighting terrorism through the Munasaha rehabilitation system devised for terrorists. The trainees will familiarize themselves with the rules of crisis management during a terrorist attack, develop their skills in influencing terrorism through media, as well as recognize the dangers of world terrorism. At the same time, the training program will deal with terrorism from the perspective of the Islamic Shari’a law.”