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.
This policy paper contains recommendations based on input from sixty participants from international governments, civil society, the private sector, and multilateral bodies, who successfully tested a synergistic, whole-of-society, multi-stakeholder table top exercise (TTX) module to address and respond to foreign terrorist fighter threats and challenges. The TTX developed robust analytical and practical insights into efforts that address the full spectrum of international security threats related to violent extremism and the increase in returning FTFs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This paper contains policy recommendations that were developed as a follow-up to the July 2015 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.
Ankara, Turkey (October 19, 2015) – As participants were preparing for a NATO Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism (COE-DAT) conference held from 13-15 October in Ankara, they could not have imagined the tragic terrorist attack that would darken the city on 10 October, killing approximately 100, and injuring almost 300. The COE-DAT conference was a somber reminder of the need for nations to unite in the fight against violent extremism.
Dr. Sajjan Gohel, International Security Director for the UK-based Asia-Pacific Foundation, talks to the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) during a Countering Violent Extremism and Foreign Fighters seminar that the PfPC's Combating Terrorism Working Group (http://pfp-consortium.org/in…/activities/combating-terrorism) conducted. Dr. Gohel discusses measures the international community can take to collectively counter these threats.
Dr. Peter Kent Forster, Associate Dean of Online Education & Information Technology at The Pennsylvania State University, talks to the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) during a Countering Violent Extremism and Foreign Fighters seminar that the PfPC's Combating Terrorism Working Group (http://pfp-consortium.org/in…/activities/combating-terrorism) conducted. Dr. Forster discusses measures the international community can take to collectively counter these threats.