Recalibrating Counterterrorism in the Security Council Two Decades after 9/11

The Securing the Future Initiative (SFI) is a joint project of the Fourth Freedom Forum and The Soufan Center. Launched in September 2021, on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the SFI is conducting the first-ever independent review and assessment of the United Nations Security Council’s counterterrorism activities.

What's New

Counterterrorism and the United Nations Security Council Since 9/11

On September 23, SFI released its findings and recommendations following a year-long review on the impact of UN Security Council counterterrorism activities in the last two decades since 9/11.

The Role of the UN Security Council in Countering Terrorism & Violent Extremism

On October 26, SFI & Resolve Network published a brief by Tanya Mehra & Julie Coleman that examines the UNSC's efforts to criminalize terrorism and related activities, while calling into the question the practical and ethical concerns that come into play, especially when it comes to legislating the "pre-crime" space.

Photo credit: UN Photo/Christopher Herwig

Successes and Challenges of PRR in Central Asia

On October 5, the SFI published a commentary by Cholpon Orozobekova which looks at the experiences of Central Asian states in addressing the outflow and return of foreign terrorist fighters.

Photo credit: UN Photo/AFP

Report Launch Event

On September 23, SFI hosted an event in New York City to inaugurate the publication of its final report after months of research and consultations. SFI co-leads were joined by donor representatives and expert contributors at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to discuss the report's findings and implications for the future of the UN Security Council's counterterrorism regime.

Unpacking the Key Features of a Comprehensive Counterterrorism Approach by the UN Security Council

On September 1, SFI published a Policy Brief by Dr. Bibi van Ginkel that identifies key features of a comprehensive approach to preventing and countering terrorism and questions whether the UN Security Council is capable of and willing to develop or contribute to these sort of solutions.

Photo credit: UN Photo/Michael Ali

Assessing the Utility of the UN’s Terrorism Sanctions Regime 20 Years after 9/11

On August 4, SFI published a Policy Brief by Howard Wachtel examining the UNSC's targeted counterterrorism sanctions program, informally known as the "1267 regime". Even 20 years after the development of this sanctions architecture, he says the UN's understanding of its impact remains limited, and recommends it evaluates the regime's purpose and outcomes in the modern security environment.

Photo credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten

UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact Virtual Roundtable

On August 3, SFI team hosted representatives from the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact to discuss how UN Security Council counterterrorism activities have impacted their own work in HQ and in the field. Members of several UN organs were in attendance, including CTED, UNOCT, UN Women, UNODC, ODA, WHO, and the UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights.