How can the multilateral system’s response to terrorism become more efficient and effective? That was the key question at ICM’s third retreat on April 10-11, held at the Asia Society in New York. UN ambassadors, experts, and practitioners representing governments and civil society organizations convened to analyze the factors that drive and sustain terrorism today and the UN’s response to countering the threat. Participants discussed the links between insurgents, criminal groups, and terrorists and the nexus between terrorism and organized crime. With the UN best placed to coordinate a global response to the issue, the debate addressed how to enhance the current counter-terrorism architecture and strengthen international conventions already in place. Participants also discussed the implication of the shift from counter-terrorism to countering and preventing violent extremism on the multilateral system.
Discussions were held under the Chatham House Rule of non-attribution and were moderated by ICM Chair Kevin Rudd and ICM Secretary-General Hardeep Singh Puri. His Excellency Mehdi Jomaa, Former Prime Minister of Tunisia, gave the keynote address.