Strengthening Rule of Law-Based Responses to Terrorism and Violent Extremism in South Asia: What Role for Civil Society?
The workshop, organized by the Global Center, the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), and The Institute for Inclusive Security, with support from the government of Norway, explored the role of civil society in strengthening and supporting rule of law-based responses to terrorism and violent extremism in South Asia. It provided a platform for regional civil society practitioners as well as select experts and officials to exchange experiences, lessons learned, and good practices and explore existing gaps in strengthening rule of law-based responses to address the threat of violent extremism, with a view to enhancing regional security cooperation. Read More
9th Regional Workshop for Judges, Prosecutors and Police Officers in South Asia on Effectively Countering Terrorism
This 9th regional workshop for judges, prosecutors, and police officers in South Asia was jointly hosted in the Maldives by the Government of the Republic of the Maldives and the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, and organized by the Global Center on Cooperative Security, with the support of the Governments of Denmark and the United States of America. The overall purpose of the workshop was to enhance the counterterrorism capacities of law enforcement personnel in the region. Participants included experts from the member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, resource persons from UN member states and relevant international agencies, and observers from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Read More
Countering Violent Extremism in West Africa and the Sahel: Strengthening Regional Prevention Capacities
In West Africa and the Sahel, armed conflicts over the past three years in Libya and Mali have exacerbated existing security and development challenges in the region, such as unemployment, political and social exclusion, organized crime, drug trafficking, and poor service delivery, due in part to a lack of capacity by governments to meet local and national needs. The conflicts have also created openings for extremist groups and illicit actors to exploit these conditions, which can further the spread of violent extremism. Over a period of 18 months, this project by the Global Center, in collaboration with the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, will seek to identify and strengthen regional prevention capacities to counter violent extremism in West Africa and the Sahel, and support community engagement efforts through initiatives aimed at both government officials and civil society representatives in preventing and responding to violent extremism. Read More
The Global Center started an exploratory study on the growing trend of de-risking in the financial services industry – the closure of accounts for clients perceived as “high risk” such as money transfer businesses, nongovernment organizations, and correspondent banks, among others. The purpose of the study is to identify how the recent ascendance of AML/CFT law and policy has impacted bank de-risking practices and in turn access to financial services, particularly for vulnerable populations such as women, youth, and other marginalized communities. The study will provide a detailed and nuanced presentation of the extent to which de-risking is occurring, the driving factors and influences behind it, and the potential impact on financial inclusion goals for vulnerable institutions and populations. The study will analyze the banking-sector narrative, including reputational concerns and money laundering and terrorist financing risks, as well as identify the interests and decision-making processes for other key stakeholders including money transfer businesses, governments, and international organizations. Read More