The UN Security Council: Reflecting on Twenty Years of Counterterrorism and Right-Sizing for the Future
March 23, 2022
SFI, in cooperation with the Royal United Services Institute, hosted a workshop discussion which convened officials from the UK Government and UK-based researchers and NGOs to exchange views on the impact of the United Nations Security Council’s counterterrorism activities over the past 20 years, with a particular view on impacts in and on the United Kingdom.
This interactive discussion focused on ensuring that the Council’s approach to addressing the evolving terrorist threats is fit for purpose more than two decades since the 11 September 2001 attacks that catalyzed the growth in this field, and in light of an evolving terrorist threat landscape and changed multilateral counterterrorism architecture.
Workshop participants noted the complications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, including on Security Council dynamics, and the reemergence of “great-power” rivalries, stimulating concerns about how these will impact the Council’s counterterrorism efforts as well as international peace and security issues more broadly going forward. Throughout the day, participants offered recommendations for enhancing the effectiveness and sustainability of the Council’s approach to addressing terrorist threats. These recommendations will be considered during SFI activities in 2022 and inform the project’s findings and conclusions, which will be presented this September during the opening of the 77th United Nations General Assembly.