CGCC and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Capacity Building Programme Against Terrorism (ICPAT) cohosted a seminar on open source analysis and information sharing in counterterrorism activities for a select number of intelligence officers and criminal analysts from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.
This seminar was the second in a series of meetings designed to strengthen a regional counterterrorism law enforcement network in the IGAD region. Attendees were exposed to a range of analytical, technological, and organizational tools to strengthen their effectiveness in countering threats posed by terrorism. Topics included open source analysis, the use of new analytical tools to identify and sort data, gathering and evaluating source material, and cognitive interview techniques.
Training sessions were led by implementing partner organizations John Taylor International Partnership (JTiP) and Integrity Research and Consulting. Seminar participants engaged in a number of small group exercises such as red-teaming, link analysis, and mind-mapping, as well as an extensive discussion on information sharing in the East African context. Participants concluded the meeting with a brainstorming session on the development of concrete mechanisms for cross-border open source analysis and information sharing in the subregion.