The Global Center on Cooperative Security works to achieve lasting security by advancing inclusive, human rights–based policies, partnerships, and practices to address the root causes of violent extremism.
Our organization provides independent analysis and works with government, civil society, and private sector partners to deliver programming that is globally informed and locally grounded.
In addition to causing immense violence and suffering to the people of Ukraine, the Russian invasion has significant implications for international peace, security, and counterterrorism efforts, including the impacts on the United Nations Security Council, ripple effects of the use of sanctions and cryptocurrency, and the role of foreign fighters.
We focus on four mutually reinforcing issue areas:
2021 was a landmark year for counterterrorism. Violent extremist attacks and recruitment were on the rise, the pandemic was exacerbating the root causes of violence and conflict, and repressive governments were exploiting the public health crisis. Securitization and surveillance tactics were being used disproportionately against racial, religious, and ethnic minority groups, aided by emerging technologies that can be co-opted for malign intent. These practices are not new—in fact, many mirror the restrictive measures in place since the dawn of the so-called “war on terror,” which has resulted in untold causalities and rampant violations of civil liberties.
Two decades into the failed war on terror, we are overdue to move beyond a militarized approach, confront the systemic injustices within our security and criminal justice sectors, and tackle these interconnected threats with inclusive responses. These realities require truly unprecedented cooperation.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of David McGowan as the new Chair of our Board of Directors. Currently the Vice President of Corporate Security Executive and Head of National Security Services at Kaiser Permanente, David brings a wealth of knowledge and decades of experience in the corporate security field.
This brief presents key recommendations for improving civil society engagement in UN counterterrorism and P/CVE efforts. It provides concrete steps that the United Nations and its member states can take to better engage civil society and offers a blueprint for civil society to advocate for and assert itself more consistently and effectively within the UN counterterrorism architecture, policies, and programs.
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