IPI HomePublicationsPolicy PapersGlobal Terrorism: IPI Blue Paper no. 4

 

print print  |  share share back back

Policy Papers - August 21, 2009

Global Terrorism: IPI Blue Paper no. 4

This publication is part of the Blue Paper Series [read more about this publication series]

Naureen Chowdhury Fink, Lead Rapporteur

 

 

The increasingly transnational and multifaceted nature of terrorism calls for a strong multilateral response. States have the primary responsibility for protecting their populations from the threats posed by terrorism. At the same time, given the often cross-regional nature of the terrorist threat, mechanisms for effective cooperation are needed at the global and regional levels. To this end, the United Nations (UN), by virtue of its universality and legitimacy, has an important role to play.

Yet, despite the longstanding presence of terrorism as an issue on the UN agenda, the collective response to global terrorism has been stymied by fundamental disagreements among UN member states, including divergent threat perceptions and priorities among the global North and South. In addition, tensions remain between the Security Council and the General Assembly as to the rightful arbiter of multilateral norms and the appropriate forum for discussing counterterrorism (CT). The UN’s efforts have been hampered, moreover, by unwieldy institutional arrangements, inconsistent political support, and a lack of public understanding of what comparative advantages the UN has to offer in countering terrorism. In the absence of a comprehensive set of policies guiding multilateral action to counter terrorism, the UN’s response has been largely ad hoc and reactive; responsive rather than preemptive or preventative.

This report outlines ideas for action that include strengthening political support; enhancing strategic communications; deepening relationships between UN headquarters and partners; and streamlining and consolidating UN bureaucracy to address counterterrorism.

The Global Observatory

With Heartland Threatened, Lebanon’s Shiites See Hezbollah as “Protector of the Community”: Q&A with Sahar Atrache
Despite its heavy involvement in the Syrian war, the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah still retains strong support among Lebanon's Shiites, says Sahar Atrache of the ICG.

Key Global Events to Watch in July
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.

2014 Top 10 Issues to Watch in Peace & Security: The Global Arena
A list of ten key issues to watch that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2014, compiled by IPI's Francesco Mancini.

The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.

Recent Events

July 17, 2014
EU and UN Seek Ways to Improve Cooperation in Peacekeeping
The European Union is among the strongest supporters of UN peacekeeping missions around the globe, but the growing challenges faced by UN-led operations have raised the need for better EU-UN cooperation, both on the ground and at the planning level.

July 01, 2014
SRSG Johnson: South Sudan Crisis Changed UNMISS “Mindset”
Hilde Johnson, the outgoing Head of the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), gave an overflow IPI audience a dramatic account of the challenging situation that has faced the United Nations in the country since the eruption of mass violence at the end of last year.

June 25, 2014
Mousavian: Iran and US Have Serious Chance for Rapprochement
From Iraq to Syria, from energy to counterterrorism, Iran and the United States share many common interests across the Middle East and ought to put aside their decades of hostility, said author and former Iranian diplomat Seyed Hossein Mousavian.

View More