Citing a confidential assessment by former South African police chief Andre Pruis, British media is trying to make the case that Qatar is too vulnerable to terrorism to serve as host. As someone who has worked on counter-terrorism issues for nearly 20 years, I find this argument wrong for three key reasons.
Quintan is is the co-founder and managing partner of Affinis Labs, an award-winning social innovation firm. He previously served in two senior positions at the White House, where he planned, directed, and coordinated national security engagement policies that leveraged diplomacy, communications, development assistance, and community outreach. During his tenure, he established the first director positions for national security innovation and championed the use of open innovation, human-centered design, and principles of entrepreneurship to catalyze new approaches to national security. Prior to joining the White House, Quintan developed ground breaking counter-radicalization initiatives for the U.S. Government. Before his government service, he was one of America’s leading academics on the Muslim World, publishing three peer-reviewed books, an award winning audio book, and 33 articles and book chapters. Quintan received his Ph.D. in political science from American University, studied Islam in Cairo with an al-Azhar shaykh, and conducted fieldwork on violent extremism in Jordan and the UK, where he witnessed radicalization first hand. He was a Fulbright Scholar; and a professor at Rhodes College, Dartmouth College, and Shippensburg University.
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