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Counterterrorism at the UN

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Threat analysis and multilateral counterterrorism


Editor’s Note: Barak Mendelsohn examines the quality of the counterterrorism threat analysis work done by the U.N.’s 1267 Committee, also known as the al-Qaida Sanctions Committee.This article originally appeared on Lawfare.

Since 9/11 there has been considerable international action to confront jihadi terrorism. While much has been written about how states collaborate, the role of the U.N. Security Council in generating collective action, and the building of a vast counterterrorism apparatus, less attention has been given to the question of multilateral threat analysis.

On its face, one would think that collective action must be preceded by collective analysis of the threat, either by coordinating the analyses of U.N. member states or through a U.N. body responsible for presenting a comprehensive analysis on behalf of the international community. The need for such a function is clearly underscored by the dynamic nature of the threat and the expansive international activity produced in response to jihadi terrorism—including, among other things, the construction of a regime to deny non-state actors access to weapons of mass destruction, and an elaborate framework to track and prevent terrorism financing—and the need to reconcile member states’ diverging views of it.


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