Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi is a UAE intellectual, writer and strategic expert. He has been Director General of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) since 1994. He was born in 1959 and earned his BS degree in Political Science from Kuwait University in 1981. He completed his MA and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1985 and 1990, respectively. In 1992, Dr. Jamal Al-Suwaidi was appointed visiting lecturer at the University of Wisconsin where he taught a course on the Politics of the Middle East and North Africa. He also worked as Professor in Political Science Department at the UAE University in Al Ain (1991-2000) where he taught different courses and addressed various seminars …



The central thesis of the book

The Mirage is an expression of Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi’s perspective that many Arab and Muslim countries’ struggle against extremist groups and organizations is not limited to the realm of military and security operations; it is also an extended war of an essentially intellectual nature that requires long-term planning. This is no less important – indeed, perhaps even more so – than planning in military and security terms. Academic scholarship plays a vital role in protecting security of nations and societies via rigorous analysis of challenges and threats and subsequent presentation of appropriate solutions. The role of scholars in times of historic conflict is to be at the forefront of the defenders of human and civilizational values against extremists and radical militants. This book is a step in this direction...


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The French edition of the book, The Mirage, authored by H.E. Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) has recently been published. The French version builds upon the resounding success that the Arabic and English editions have enjoyed both across the region and worldwide. The Mirage has become a notable point of reference for Arab and international universities and research centers alike, and a valuable piece of research for the benefit of policy and decision-makers, and indeed all those around the world with a shared concern of the threat of terrorism and political Islam…


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