Despite assurances from the Saudi government that it is cracking down on religious radicalism, the kingdom's top clerics continue calling for attacks on Christians across the Arab world. And in the Internet age, these voices of hate have been handed a larger megaphone than ever before.
After analyzing Saudi Arabian social media, Schanzer and Miller found that 75 percent of posts could be described as xenophobic, bigoted, or openly hateful. Join them for a conference call where they will discuss their groundbreaking study.
JONATHAN SCHANZER is Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He is the author of P@lestinian Pulse: What Policymakers Can Learn From Palestinian Social Media (FDD Press, 2010), Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and Al-Qaeda's Armies: Middle East Affiliate Groups and the Next Generation of Terror (WINEP, 2004). Previously, he was worked at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Middle East Forum. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Schanzer served as a counterterrorism analyst for the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He earned his PhD from King's College London.
STEVEN MILLER is a research associate at FDD, where he monitors and analyzes Arabic language press in order to help FDD scholars identify and remain ahead of the curve on issues that are under-reported in the Western media. He also conducts research related to ideology and online media in Saudi Arabia, and his translations of Arabic language articles have been referenced in the media. Prior to joining FDD, Mr. Miller was a policy analyst at the Institute for Gulf Affairs, where he conducted research on Saudi Arabia's education curriculum and the security of Saudi Arabia's energy infrastructure. He studied Arabic at Indiana University.