Prince Turki likened the Islamic State to the Mafia, saying that it was "more criminal than they are religious." His own anecdotal evidence suggested to him that the group's members were more concerned with "robbing" and "looting," with many only joining the organization for the money.
He agreed that the region needed to create more opportunities for young people and suggested a multi-pronged attack of better education, better economies and a better family unit would help diminish the threat of these groups.
In a wide-ranging interview, Prince Turki also stated his belief that giving Crimea back to the Tatars would solve the current issues in the region. The Tatars are a Turkic ethnic group who make up around 12 percent of the Crimean population, according to a 2001 census.
Russia decided to annex Crimea in March 2014 after a change of government in Ukraine gave Kiev a pro-European Union leader. In the eastern part of Ukraine, conflicts between government forces and pro-Moscow rebels are still ongoing and Crimea is still in the hands of Russian leadership.
"Nobody talks about them," he said. "Bring the Tatars back...you'll solve it," he added.
He went on to suggest that the same could be said of the situation between Israel and Palestine, adding that an Arab Peace Initiative could look at the possibility of giving Palestinians land that is rightfully theirs.