Brussels Workshop

The UN Security Council: Assessing Twenty Years of Counterterrorism

Multi-Stakeholder Perspectives from the European Union


March 21, 2022

This workshop convened key stakeholders, including representatives from the European Union and its member states, the United Nations, and African Union, as well as researchers and civil society actors. The discussion was led by Naureen Chowdhury Fink, Executive Director of The Soufan Center; Alistair Millar, President of the Fourth Freedom Forum; Eric Rosand, Visiting Senior Fellow of The Soufan Center.

The interactive discussion explored the successes and shortcomings of the Security Council’s counterterrorism work, highlighting the need for “right-sizing” the Council’s counterterrorism activities, evaluating the unintended consequences of counterterrorism frameworks and measures, and opportunities for change. The workshop was one of a series of SFI-hosted discussions aimed at capturing a diversity of perspectives on the past and future role of the Council on counterterrorism. These roundtables informed the SFI’s final report, which was presented during the opening of the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York in September.

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