Improving Global Counterterrorism Cooperation
CGCC has played a significant role in the development of global counterterrorism cooperation over the last half decade, in particular as a leading independent voice for a more relevant and effective UN counterterrorism program.
CGCC served as the secretariat for the 2008 International Process on Global Counter-Terrorism Cooperation, an intergovernmental process that assessed the contributions of the United Nations to the fight against terrorism and sought to identify ways to make its institutions more relevant to national counterterrorism efforts. Many of the recommendations in the CGCC final report were enacted by the United Nations and its member states. Those recommendations also laid the groundwork for the Global Counterterrorism Forum, which was established in 2011.
CGCC's 2012 report on Reshaping United Nations Counterterrorism Efforts provides concrete suggestions for strengthening international counterterrorism efforts over the next decade, including three specific, costed options for a single UN counterterrorism coordinator. The report also details 22 recommendations aimed at helping the United Nations to better exploit its comparative advantages in countering terrorism and to enhance the productivity of its partnerships with other counterterrorism actors, including states, regional intergovernmental bodies, nongovernment experts, and civil society.
Mission Critical or Mission Creep? Issues to Consider for the Future of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee and Its Executive Directorate
As member states are discussing the renewal of the mandate for the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), this policy brief looks at CTED’s role in light of the need to maintain and strengthen its comparative advantage in assessing member states’ counterterrorism efforts while addressing existing and emerging threats of terrorism. It also assesses what CTED and the Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee can do to enhance coordination with partners within and outside the UN system. It then examines the benefits and limitations of CTED’s outputs in relation to its mandate, comparative advantage, capacity, and impact, and concludes by offering some ideas and recommendations for the next four years and beyond. Read More
During the opening of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly, member states and partners, including the Global Counterterrorism Forum, gathered in New York to explore ways of effectively preventing and countering violent extremism and terrorism, among other pressing global challenges. The Global Center hosted, supported, and participated in a number of these events, including a number of activities developed in partnership with the European Union through its Counter-Terrorism Monitoring, Reporting, and Support Mechanism. Read More
This report includes a critical analysis of the outcomes of deliberations around the 2016 review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and reflects on implementation efforts going forward. The study is informed by research on current threats and organizational responses; interviews and consultations with UN officials, member state representatives, academics, and practitioners through bilateral discussions; small-group events; and a tailored survey open to governments, UN officials, and civil society. Read More
This policy brief highlights how multilateral fora like the United Nations and Global Counterterrorism Forum need to enhance the involvement of community-level actors in their counterterrorism and CVE discussions. More fundamentally, however, the brief calls for developing and supporting a durable sub-national cooperation architecture to facilitate collaboration and networking among the growing numbers of local actors contributing to CVE efforts. It also argues for more space for subnational actors and non-traditional stakeholders within national counterterrorism strategies to ensure inclusive and well-informed CVE approaches are central parts of such frameworks. Read More
Second Regional Workshop for Law Enforcement Officers and Prosecutors in East Africa on Effectively Countering Terrorism and Bringing Terrorists to Justice
The UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and the Global Center held the second “Regional Workshop for Law Enforcement Officers and Prosecutors in East Africa” at the United Nations Office in Nairobi. The three-day workshop, hosted by the Government of Kenya with the support of the Governments of Australia and New Zealand, brought together 25 law enforcement officials, intelligence officers, and prosecutors from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda to explore a range of good practices to overcome the challenges of complex terrorism investigations through the judicial process. Read More
In anticipation of the June 2014 review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, this report reflects on the United Nations’ performance on counterterrorism issues since the adoption of the Strategy in 2006, and in particular, developments since the 2012 review. It offers a strategic analysis of the changing counterterrorism landscape since the last review and explores ways of enhancing the review process to meet member state demands for a more substantive and effective process. The report concludes with a set of practical recommendations for the UN and member states to strengthen UN counterterrorism capacities, particularly through internal coordination, responsive programming, improved reporting, and strategic communication. Read More
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 about U.S. counterterrorism and CVE efforts 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
The Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations and CGCC hosted a roundtable to explore practical ways in which the UN Security Council can support member states in their efforts to counter violent extremism (CVE). The seminar brought together current Security Council members to share insights and lessons learned from the Council’s efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism and to identify future priorities and possible Council engagement. Newly elected members were briefed on the Council’s work and practices relating to counterterrorism and experts had the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the UN’s role on these issues and learn from national experiences. 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
In preparation for this year’s G8 Summit, hosted by the United Kingdom at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland, CGCC’s Director, Alistair Millar, was invited to contribute to a collection of perspectives on priority issues facing the G8. Millar’s article focuses on the role of the G8 as a global leader on countering terrorism, with the foresight to step away and let others, such as the Global Counter Terrorism Forum, take the lead on counterterrorism capacity building. Read More