Research Student: Ahmed Almutawa
Encountering and Combating Terrorism and Religious Radicalism with Respect to Terrorism Financing in the GCC
Religious radicalism and terrorism have been identified as some the main areas of concern in the fight against terrorism. In scope, an array of undertakings encompass terrorism, ranging from ideology, planning, logistics, to execution. From a logistical perspective, terrorism funding is a process where the terrorists get to finance their ideas and activities. This research investigated the issue of terrorism funding, by focusing on the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC). Member countries in the GCC have over time been in the limelight in the global fight against terrorism, as there exist a number of individuals and organizations that fund terrorist activities within the region, and beyond its borders. Design and implementation of counter-terrorist policies has taken place in the GCC, UK and US, among other countries that have joined hands to spearhead the fight against terrorism.
The central objective of this study was to outline the efforts that have been implemented to encounter terrorism and religious radicalism, by addressing the issue of terrorism funding. While legislations in the countries that spearhead the fight against terrorism have devised a number of ways to stop terrorist funding, there are still a number of challenges that are identified. This study used mixed methods to research the nature, process and effects of terrorism funding, in an attempt to outline the trend and devise possible solutions. Using secondary information as the core source of information, the researcher collected facts that guided the discussion of possible strategies to counter terrorism by addressing the issue of terrorism funding. The solutions arrived at were guided by the evaluation of the efforts that government and security agencies have put in place in the GCC, as well as other areas affected by the problem.
I am serving in the Ministry of Interior in the Kingdom of Bahrain as a captain in the police force since the year 2003. My engagements with the police have exposed me to a vast pool of experience, more so because of the several departments I have been attached to over time. My experience has been drawn from Royal Academy of Police, Counter-terrorism department, and Directorate of Preventive Security; all in which I have had a chance to work.
All the achievements have been possible because of my qualifications. I hold a degree in law and police science and Masters in Criminology and Police Science both from Royal Academy of Police. I have also had a chance to undergo several pieces of training including, Combat Human Trafficking, Counter-Terrorism, and Criminal Investigation.
What motivated me to undertake PhD study?
Currently I am pursuing a PhD at the University of Leeds to become a lecturer at the Royal Academy of Police and contribute my papers to the learning fraternity in the world. To complete my PhD, I have chosen to study the topic, “Encountering and Combating Terrorism and religious radicalism with respect to terrorism financing in the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) “.
What makes me passionate about my subject?
I chose this topic because of the great interest in counter-terrorism strategies. Terrorism is normally an array of stages that are properly planned and executed, but of all the stages involved in terrorism activities, terrorism funding is the critical and the engine of the whole process. Therefore, identification of the channels of the terrorism money, and shutting such avenues impairs the terrorist activities greatly and if properly done disables the terrorism completely. With no funds to purchase the arms, cash to move around and the cash to pay their members terrorist groups find it hard to operate and thus shuts down their operation and their groupings collapse or shift to other locations in search of funds.