Academia is an important partner of the Counter-Terrorism Committee and CTED in their efforts to analyse the drivers of terrorism and violent extremism and make recommendations to Member States on ways to address emerging trends and challenges in these areas.
On 19 February 2015, in accordance with Security Council resolution 2129 (2013), the Committee, with the support of CTED, launched a global research network to strengthen its research and analysis capacities. The network consists of leading think tanks and research institutions from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, and Oceania.
The objectives of the launch event were to provide a forum for the discussion and exchange of information by the Committee, CTED, and research partners on trends and developments in the implementation of Security Council resolutions 1373 (2001), 1624 (2004) and 2178 (2014). The forum focused on gaps and best practices in addressing the foreign terrorist fighter (FTF) phenomenon and served to encourage further research on key terrorism issues.
On 24 November 2015, the Committee, supported by CTED, conducted an open briefing with research network partners on the reasons why FTFs travel to conflict zones and rehabilitation and reintegration strategies for returning FTFs. The purpose of the briefing was to strengthen participants’ understanding of the FTF phenomenon and define future research work.
Partnering with academic and research institutions and think tanks enables the Committee and CTED to keep abreast of emerging trends and challenges and to identify and share good practices in Member States’ implementation of the relevant Security Council resolutions. The Committee and CTED will continue to strengthen their engagement with relevant academic institutions and researchers, United Nations entities, and international and regional organizations with a view to assisting Member States to strengthen their counter-terrorism capacities in accordance with the relevant Council resolutions and the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.