GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (24-26 July, 2018) – The Partnership for Peace Consortium’s (PfPC) Combating Terrorism Working Group (CTWG) hosted a Central Asia/Afghanistan regional tabletop exercise entitled “Foreign Terrorist Fighter Networks: Threats, Challenges, and Responses” from July 24 to July 26, 2018.

 

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More than 100 senior counterterrorism professionals from government, military, law enforcement, intelligence, international organizations, civil society, academia, and the private sector met to address Foreign Terrorist Fighter (FTF) phenomena in the Western Balkans. The Republic of Macedonia in cooperation with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the United States Embassy in Macedonia hosted the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) Combating Terrorism Working Group (CTWG) event. Conference participants included Macedonia’s new National CT/CVE Committee including the national CT/CVE coordinator, as well as the CVE national coordinators from Albania and Kosovo, providing the foundation for increased regional collaboration on difficult challenges, including FTF and prisoner rehabilitation and reintegration issues. Keynote speeches were delivered by senior Macedonia government officials, as well as from senior members of diplomatic and counterterrorism (CT), including countering violent extremism (CVE), bodies. The keynote speakers H.E. Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia, H.E. Jess Baily, U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia, H.E. Nina Suomalainen, Head of the OSCE Mission to Skopje, Mr. Borche Petrevski, National CT/CVE Coordinator, Republic of Macedonia, and Mr. Richard Prosen, U.S. Department of State and CTWG Co-Chair addressed relevant CT/CVE issues within the context of evolving FTF threats and challenges. The conference showcased a multi-stakeholder tabletop exercise (TTX). The TTX engaged participants in an interactive scenario on emerging security challenges to a fictitious country, which facilitated discussions to cultivate Macedonian and regional policy and programmatic recommendations related to FTF travel, relocation, and return.

SKOPJE, Macedonia (9 November, 2017) – The Republic of Macedonia, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and the United States Embassy in Macedonia co-hosted the Partnership for Peace Consortium’s (PfPC) Combating Terrorism Working Group  (CTWG). The CTWG led a cutting-edge simulation exercise entitled “Foreign Terrorist Fighters: Promoting Prevention and Resilience,” from November 7 to November 9, 2017.

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This paper provides Counter Violent Extrmism (CVE), Foreign Terrorist Fighter (FTF), and migration challenges policy recommendations based on a tabletop exercise involving national and local governments, civil society, the private sector, and multilateral bodies.

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Durres, Albania (September 16, 2016) – To address the challenge of Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF) and countering violent extremism, 85 practitioners and researchers from over 30 countries gathered in Durres, Albania for the "Foreign Terrorist Fighters and Irregular Migration Routes: Prevention and Resilience" tabletop exercise (TTX) from 13-15 September. The TTX incorporated scenarios from emerging security challenges to engage participants and develop actionable recommendations regarding FTF recruitment, travel, and return.

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This paper contains policy recommendations that were developed as a follow-up to the June 2016 Migration Crisis: Foreign Terrorist Fighters Challenges & Responses Tabletop Exercise that was conducted by the PfPC's Combating Terrorism Working Group at the George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch-Parkenkirchen, Germany.

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This report contains policy recommendatoins for preventing, intervening in and mitigating radicalization that leads to violent extremism.  The report is based on a countering violent extremism table top exercise held 1-3 March 2016 in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (June 10, 2016) – Experts from a broad spectrum of society came together at the George C. Marshall Center from 1-3 June to discuss security challenges related to the European migration crisis, including facilitating travel by foreign terrorist fighters to Europe and North America.  They shared perspectives and challenged conventional practices to produce a draft set of policy recommendations on how to best respond to the international secuity environment and counter violent extremism.

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