Supporting Senior Judicial Officials in Leading a Criminal Justice Response to Terrorism: Europe, Middle East, and North Africa
The Global Center and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), with the expert support of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), held a high-level roundtable conference, Supporting Senior Judicial Officials in Leading a Criminal Justice Response to Terrorism: Europe, Middle East, and North Africa,on 22-23 January 2015 in Malta, hosted by the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) and funded by the European Commission. The meeting was attended by Supreme Court-level justices and experts from Algeria, Egypt, France, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, The Netherlands, and Tunisia as well as regional judicial networks and academies and relevant United Nations agencies. The event inaugurated a series of meetings at regional and national levels aimed at supporting a rule of law based criminal justice response to terrorism. Read More
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
Strengthening Regional Capacities to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism in the IGAD Region and the Greater Horn of Africa
Over the last decade, a consensus has grown among governments, experts, and civil society actors that efforts to counter terrorism without acknowledging and addressing the drivers of violent extremism are likely to be counterproductive, and could increase political marginalization of communities and make vulnerable segments of those communities susceptible to the allure of violent ideologies. Starting January 2015 for a period of 16 months, this project aims to address the limited number of national initiatives focusing on countering violent extremism by supporting government officials in the IGAD region of East Africa in deepening prevention capacities including by partnering with civil society actors and communities in order to build resilience against violent extremism. The Global Center and the IGAD Security Sector Program will jointly realize a number of deliverables to enhance cooperation between governmental and nongovernmental actors and strengthen the effectiveness of policies aimed at preventing and countering 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