Last seminar – Friday 22 June 2012, King’s College, London

The role of education in combating terrorism’ was the theme of the most recent Democracy Forum seminar held at King’s College, London. The event was chaired by Dr William Crawley from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, and the list of distinguished participants and speakers included Stephen Hammond MP, Chairman of The Democracy Forum, and His Honour Judge Sir Mota Singh, the Vice-Chairman; Professor Jack Spence OBE from the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London; Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy of Islamabad’s Quaid-e-Azam University; G Parthasarathy, former diplomat and visiting professor at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi; Shiraz Maher, a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR); and Mushtak Parker, Editor of Islamic Banker magazine.

Speakers addressed the subject from various angles, including the distinction between ‘old’ and ‘new’ terrorism and the accountability of the educator as a ‘responsible authority’; the changing face of education in Pakistan; the need for secularism and inclusivity in educational and social structures; Saudi Arabian deradicalisation through education initiatives; and misconceptions regarding Islamic finance and terrorism.

The event was attended by an audience of students, members of the public and media representatives.