December 17, 2021

IntelBrief: A Pivotal Mandate Moment in the UN Security Council

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Bottom Line Up Front

  • UN Security Council members will soon make key decisions regarding the mandates of two key counterterrorism bodies—the “1267 Monitoring Team” and the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED).
  • International sanctions regimes play an important role in shaping the space for humanitarian actors and civil society organizations; perceiving the goals of counterterrorism and humanitarian assistance as mutually exclusive may actually damage both objectives.
  • The imperative for international counterterrorism cooperation following numerous high-profile attacks prompted the U.S. and the P5 to make greater use of the Security Council to forge a common framework.
  • CTED is an exceptional body whose role and function needs to be reviewed and confirmed every four years; however, in practical terms, there is likely to be little change to its mandate currently.