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Counter-Terrorism Law and Practice: An International Handbook

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INTERNATIONAL PEACE INSTITUTE IPI Blue Papers Global Terrorism Task Forces on Strengthening Multilateral Security Capacity No. 4 20 09
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Global Terrorism
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Global Terrorism Task Forces on Strengthening Multilateral Security Capacity IPI Blue Paper No. 4
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Acknowledgements The International Peace Institute (IPI) owes a great debt of gratitude to its many donors to the program Coping with Crisis, Conflict, and Change . In particular, IPI is grateful to the governments of Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The Task Forces would also not have been possible without the leadership and intellectual contribution of their co-chairs, government representatives from Permanent Missions to the United Nations in New York, and expert moderators and contributors. IPI wishes to acknowledge the support of the Greentree Foundation, which generously allowed IPI the use of the Greentree Estate for plenary meetings of the Task Forces during 2008. note Meetings were held under the Chatham House Rule. Participants were invited in their personal capacity. This report is an IPI product. Its content does not necessarily represent the positions or opinions of individual Task Force participants. suggested citation: International Peace Institute, “Global Terrorism,” IPI Blue Paper No. 4, Task Forces on Strengthening Multilateral Security Capacity, New York, 2009. © by International Peace Institute, 2009 All Rights Reserved www.ipinst.org
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CONTENTS Foreword, Terje Rød-Larsen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii Acronyms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . x Executive Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 The Challenge for Multilateral Counterterrorism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Ideas for Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 I. STrengThen PolITICal SuPPorT For The un’S role In CounTerIng TerrorISM II. enhanCe STraTegIC CoMMunICaTIonS III. deePen relaTIonShIPS BeTween un head- quarTerS and naTIonal and regIonal ParTnerS Iv. STreaMlIne and ConSolIdaTe un Bureau- CraCy To addreSS CounTerTerrorISM Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Endnotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Further Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Annex 1: Background Non-paper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Annex 2: Reflections from the Opening Plenary Meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Annex 3: Methodology and Timeline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Annex 4: Task Force Participants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
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International Peace Institute vii Foreword We live in difficult times. Rapid socioeconomic changes, demographic bulges, and intertwined security crises are affecting us all, and most especially the poor. Criminal and violent organizations are gaining control over territory, markets, and populations around the world, complicating peacemaking and generating insecurity. States with ineffective and corrupt institutions prove too weak to deal with interlinked threats ranging from transnational organized crime to infectious disease. Meanwhile, the number of actual and aspirant nuclear-armed countries is growing, as is the likelihood that nonstate actors will acquire weapons of mass destruction through illicit global trade.
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