Egypt launches research project on 'the cost of terrorism'

Ahram Online , Monday 11 Apr 2022

Egypt launched on Monday a multidimensional scientific research project dubbed ‘The Cost of Terrorism’, a joint project between the country's Ministry of Social Solidarity and the Egyptian Centre for Strategic Studies (ECSS), a Cairo-based independent think tank.

A host of professors and experts concerned with the same field of study took part in the symposium (photo courtesy: the Egyptian Center for Strategic Studies)


The project is being implemented under a mandate from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to conduct research on the economic and social impacts of terrorism in Egypt and Islamic countries, Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine El-Qabbaj said during a symposium on the project.

The president also instructed that the research results should be made public, so that they know the facts and the magnitude of the losses incurred by the state and citizens as a result of the various waves of terrorism, the minister added.

The project encompasses four key axes— political, economic, social and cultural — with each axis examined in terms of the cost of terrorism, its causes and ways to counter it.

The project is the first research and academic initiative in Egypt opening a scientific dialogue about the phenomenon since the 1970s, ECSS General Manager Khaled Okasha said.

It offers a comprehensive Egyptian approach to reducing the repercussions of terrorism on the social, economic, political and cultural sectors, he added.

The project clarifies that terrorism begins as "soft terrorism" that seeks to intimidate the state and society through an ideological system that expands within institutions and society, and later turns into "hard terrorism" that targets inflicting material sabotage and destruction, stressed Okasha.

Through two roundtables, the symposium tackled the preliminary findings of the research and response strategies to enhance the pillars of the modern state.

A host of professors and experts concerned with the same field of study took part in the discussions.

Today's event is the first in a series of symposia meant to expand dialogue on the project, the minister added.


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