Global Agenda Council on Terrorism 2012-2014
With the capture of Osama bin Laden and the winding down of the wars of 9/11, the field of terrorism is facing an important new inflection point. Policy-makers and scholars are debating whether the war against terror will continue to be as important and urgent as it was over the past decade. They are also debating what the implications of success would mean for the institutions created to keep the world safe from terrorists.
An increasing reliance on technology and drones to carry out counter-terrorism operations continues to trouble relationships between the United States and Europe and their allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Similarly, the use of the Internet for cyberattacks or terrorism requires new approaches from governments, civil society and businesses. The attacks on the Boston Marathon in April 2013 revived doubts of nations’ ability to prevent terrorism and raised new questions about the real threat from the “enemy within”, or terrorists living among their target communities.
What the Council is doing about it
In the first year of this term, the Council chose to promote greater collaboration with civil society in counter-terrorism as a means to improve preventive efforts and community-based or local initiatives to reduce the draw of terrorism. The Council drafted a white paper on why civil society and the private sector should play a greater role in preventing terrorism. The white paper also discusses how they could fulfil this role.
In addition, the Council focused its attention on the implications of the new inflection point in the field, collaborating on a video that dispels five common myths about terrorism. Drawing from an extensive dataset on terrorist attacks collected by START (the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland), the Council debated how myths such as “terrorists attack primarily foreign targets” or “terrorist attacks are highly deadly” have affected the public imagination and policy-making. The video was produced in collaboration with the Council on Foreign Relations and START and will be released in June 2013.
“An increasing reliance on technology and drones to carry out counter-terrorism operations continues to trouble relationships between the United States and Europe and their allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
In the next 12 months, the Council will host a workshop to discuss the findings of its deliberations on the role of civil society in counter-terrorism. The Council will also consider the impact of geopolitical events on terrorism, namely the civil war in Syria and the withdrawal of coalition troops from Afghanistan.
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