Description: This report makes the case for West African states and partners to develop counterterrorism capacities and cooperation in the subregion, using the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy as their point of departure and working closely with and through the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The report is based on recommendations that emerged from a large stakeholder meeting cohosted with the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja and a series of smaller consultations in Brussels and New York. The goal of these meetings was to identify and prioritize the unmet counterterrorism and related capacity needs of countries in West Africa across the four pillars of the Strategy. The report concludes with a set of action-oriented recommendations that outline steps the ECOWAS Commission, ECOWAS member states, and their partners could take to develop a subregional counterterrorism framework and mechanism. It includes other recommendations for strengthening counterterrorism cooperation in West Africa and between the subregion and external partners.
Topics: Improving Global Counterterrorism Cooperation, Multilateral Security Policy, West Africa and the Sahel