Counterterrorism and the United Nations Security Council Since 9/11

Moving Beyond the 2001 Paradigm

SFI co-authors Eric Rosand, Naureen Chowdhury Fink, and Alistair Millar released their findings and recommendations following a year-long review on the impact of UN Security Council counterterrorism activities in the two decades since 9/11.

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SFI Research & Policy Briefs

Commissioned and published by the Securing the Future Initiative, this research brief series evaluates the past two decades of UN Security Council counterterrorism policies.

Countering the Financing of Terrorism

The UN Security Council, Financial Action Task Force, and a More Optimal Division of Labor

Stephen Reimer calls for a reset of the collaborative global mission to counter terrorist financing, illustrating the respective capabilities of UN Security Council sanctions bodies and the Financial Action Task Force as a pathway to redefining their relationship.

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Assessing State Accountability Responses to UNSC Resolutions on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in the Context of Terrorism from a Criminal Justice Perspective

Dr. Adejoké Babington-Ashaye examines the Security Council's failed efforts to help states develop domestic strategies to bring terrorist perpetrators of sexual violence to justice, and proposes recommendations for how this might be improved.

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Successes and Challenges of PRR in Central Asia

Cholpon Orozobekova looks at the experiences of Central Asian states in addressing the outflow and return of foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs).

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

Dr. Bibi van Ginkel 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.

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

Howard Wachtel examines the UNSC's targeted counterterrorism sanctions program, informally known as the "1267 regime". Even 20 years after the development of this architecture, he says the UN's understanding of its impact remains limited, and recommends the UN evaluate the regime's purpose and outcomes in the modern security environment.

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RESOLVE & SFI Research Briefs

Commissioned by the Securing the Future Initiative and published by the RESOLVE Network research brief series, these research briefs evaluate the past two decades of UN Security Council counterterrorism policies.

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

The Limits of Criminalization?

Tanya Mehra & Julie Coleman examine the Security Council'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.

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Consensus vs. Complexity

Challenges of Adaptability for the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Framework & the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda

Jessica White uses its intersection with the Women, Peace, and Security agenda to illustrate the challenges of adaptability for Security Council counterterrorism.

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Counter-Terrorism & Peace Operations

The Impacts of UN Security Council Approaches to Tackling Terror on the Pursuit of Peace

Charles T. Hunt & Shannon Zimmerman draw on illustrative examples from the field to examine how the UN Security Council’s counterterrorism framework has impacted the mandates and practice of UN peace operations, particularly the large stabilization operations deployed in Africa. The brief concludes by providing recommendations to ensure that Security Council responses to terrorism and violent extremism do not unintentionally undermine the effectiveness of UN peace operations.

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Lessons from Africa

20 Years of UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Policy

Amanda Lucey analyzes UN Security Council and African Union efforts to mitigate terrorist threats and makes recommendations for the way forward.

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