Letter from the Executive Director: From Counterterrorism to Cooperative Security
Regional CVE Thematic Training in West Africa and the Sahel

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The Global Center and ISS sign Memorandum of Understanding

The Global Center’s Executive Director, Alistair Millar, and the Institute for Security Studies’ (ISS) Managing Director, Anton du Plessis, signed into to place a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to continue the close and longstanding cooperative relationship, spanning the last eight years, between the two organizations. Read More

Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism

The Global Center hosted a luncheon to further explain the evolution of the organization and highlight its work and partnerships in counterterrorism and countering violent extremism (CVE). The Honorable Rand Beers provided keynote remarks and spoke of the United States’ efforts in combating terrorism and preventing violent extremism both domestically and abroad. The discussion also featured an expert panel with Richard Barrett, a member of the Global Center’s Advisory Council and former Director of Global Counter Terrorism Operations for the UK Government’s intelligence, Anton du Plessis of the Institute for Security Studies, and Naureen Chowdhury Fink of the Global Center. Read More

Latest Publications

Rethinking International Counterterrorism Assistance to the Greater Horn of Africa: Toward a Regional Risk Reduction Strategy

The Horn of Africa has long been a recipient of foreign security assistance, with significant funds increasingly devoted to supporting subregional civilian-oriented counterterrorism efforts over the past decade. Despite efforts to better coordinate delivery, counterterrorism programming in the subregion generally remains fragmented, short-term, and siloed in implementation. This article argues that it is time to rethink the international community’s approach to counterterrorism assistance to the Horn of Africa and calls for a cohesive regional approach that not only bridges the gap between security and development, but also the gap between counterterrorism and human security. It emphasizes that the international community must not only better coordinate existing streams of counterterrorism assistance to the region, but also rethink how this assistance is designed and the ways it can be delivered to complement broader subregional development and security agendas. Read More

Getting Back to Basics?: Renewing the Mandate of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate for 2014-2016

The policy brief discusses the role of the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) and the opportunities presented by the renewal of its mandate before the end of this year to further strengthen and clarify its role in the multilateral counterterrorism framework. It explores recent changes in the multilateral counterterrorism architecture, including the establishment of new entities within and outside the United Nations with a focus on countering terrorism and violent extremism. Read More