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.
The three-day workshop brought together over 70 counterterrorism and security experts and government officers from 15 countries—including Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan—to discuss challenges related to foreign terrorist fighter (FTF) networks. The participants developed a set of actionable CT strategies, polices, and programs to support Central Asian countries and regional partners through an interactive tabletop exercise (TTX) based on current trends and incidents.
The seminar began with opening remarks and keynote presentations from: 1) Mr. Richard Prosen, CTWG Co-Chair, U.S. Department of State; 2) Dr. Sajjan Gohel, CTWG Senior Advisor and International Security Director of the Asia Pacific Foundation; 3) Mr. Amrullah Saleh, former head of the National Directorate of Security of Afghanistan; and 4) Dr. Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh, a researcher, lecturer and human security specialist at the Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences Po) in France. Participants then broke into three task forces for interactive, scenario-based discussions.
The CTWG’s TTX methodology utilizes a fictitious case study to help participants share best practice, compare different courses of action, and devise innovative solutions in a not-for-attribution, facilitated dialogue format. Key takeaways from the event will be compiled into a final report with responses categorized across three key areas: 1) strategic communications; 2) policy recommendations; and 3) programs at the local, national, and international levels. The report will also cover potential monitoring and evaluation techniques.