On 3 May 2019, the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and New York University’s Center for Global Affairs jointly held a multi-stakeholder focus group on how to facilitate public-private partnerships to counter terrorist threats.
The main objective of the focus group was to evaluate a decision-making framework, designed by the NYU student group for CTED to use when vetting private sector partners and technologies. Using this checklist would allow CTED to mitigate risk and maximize opportunity in its engagement with the private sector, something increasingly central to CTED’s mandate.
Representatives of the hotel, telecommunication, banking, and technology sectors attended the meeting, along with representatives from NGOs and academia. By gaining detailed and nuanced feedback on the framework, including by testing it in hypothetical scenarios, the focus group allowed NYU to refine the framework before sharing a final proposal with CTED.