POSTED ON February 16, 2023

Form Over Function? Reviewing the UN Global Counterterrorism Strategy

In 2006, UN Member States did something unusual. Despite being unable to agree on a universal definition of terrorism, and having fought over whether terrorism truly had “root causes” or if that rhetoric was a perceived justification for terrorism, they managed to agree upon an overarching “global counterterrorism strategy” (GCTS). The Strategy is based on four pillars outlining measures to prevent and combat terrorism for states and for the wider UN system, including entities based at Headquarters (in New York and Vienna) and the field. Adopted by consensus in the General Assembly, the GCTS was notable not necessarily for its constituent elements, but because it established a comprehensive approach that combined prevention, capacity building, and the integration of human rights as a fundamental component of counterterrorism measures…




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