Terrorism and organised crime are among the leading global threats of our times.
Several groups currently have the ability to control land and hold entire cities hostage, mixing terroristic and criminal patterns and hybrid modi operandi. Terrorists are also increasingly strategic in their ability to conduct military, economic, social and psychological operations. There is a growing global consensus that the threat of groups such as the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, Al Shabaab and Boko Haram requires not only security-based counter-terrorism measures downstream but also systematic steps to counter the appeal of violent extremism upstream and to address the underlying conditions that drive individuals to radicalise and join violent groups.
In order to address this, the GCSP works closely with international partners to focus systematic efforts to counter the appeal of violent extremism and criminality across executive education, dialogue and policy analysis. The Centre places particular emphasis on countering violent extremism (CVE) and preventing violent extremism (PVE) – focusing on how violent extremism in general and terrorists groups in particular are evolving.
In the area of executive education, the terrorism and organised crime cluster collaborates with global stakeholders in designing tailored courses on preventing violent extremism and helping countries to implement UN Security Council Resolution 2178 by providing policymakers and practitioners with tools for designing better national CVE/PVE strategies. In practical terms, the cluster organises conferences and dialogue events with specific stakeholders to design new strategies on preventing and countering violent extremism. Finally, the terrorism and organised crime cluster takes an active role in examining emerging security challenges in the field of terrorism and violent extremism through cutting-edge research and lessons learned globally.