Global Center Analysis of the Recently Adopted UN Security Council Resolution 2178 on Foreign Terrorist Fighters
Global Center Executive Director argues for reform to UN CVE efforts
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9th Regional Workshop for Judges, Prosecutors and Police Officers in South Asia on Effectively Countering Terrorism

2-4 November 2014 | The Maldives

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

Regional Workshop on Supporting the Prevention of Abuse of Non-profit Organizations for Financing of Terrorism

28-30 October 2014 | Bratislava, Slovakia

The Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Global Center, in consultation with the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), hosted a workshop in Bratislava looking at the risk of terrorist abuse of the nonprofit sector and to share good practices and foster cooperation in responding to that risk. Participants included national-level officials with a role in counterterrorist financing or charities regulation from across Eastern Europe and Central Asia, as well as officials from international and regional organizations active in this field. Read More

Latest Publications

Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism: The Role of the United Nations Today and the Impact of Security Council Resolution 2178

The widely endorsed adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2178 reflects an understanding by the international community that the response to the threat posed by violent, transnational, and non-state groups, like the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), must be multidimensional. This brief explores the evolution of the UN’s response to transnational terrorism since 2001, including the emergence of new international actors, and highlights the innovative focus on “countering violent extremism” or “CVE” in the resolution. Moreover, the brief highlights the new opportunities presented by the resolution to underscore the critical role of human rights and foster a more balanced response going forward. Arguing that the world body should adopt an approach that is cognizant of existing efforts but also strategic in adding value, this brief sets out a number of practical recommendations for the UN and key stakeholders to consider in their efforts to implement Resolution 2178. Read More

Responding to Foreign Terrorist Fighters: A Risk-Based Playbook for States and the International Community

UN Security Council Resolution 2178 is an important part of the global civilian effort to reduce the threat from foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere. This policy brief outlines a targeted and risk-based approach for states to follow in implementing the Resolution 2178 using civilian counterterrorism tools, including law enforcement and border security, and relevant practices from outside standard counterterrorism operations, such as community engagement. It concludes by outlining an approach to strengthening international cooperation on FTF issues that takes advantage of recently established elements of the global counterterrorism architecture, notably the GCTF and the institutions and good practices it has inspired, such as the Hague-Marrakech memorandum. Read More