This morning, HSPI is convening a Strategy and Leadership Forum featuring Jean-Paul Laborde who is the Executive Director of the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED).
Mr. Laborde will discuss the conflict in Iraq and Syria; national and international security challenges and emerging threats, including those posed by foreign terrorist fighters; and the role of social media in the context of terrorism and counterterrorism. The discussion will be timely — he joins us in the immediate aftermath of the 69th regular session of the UN General Assembly and the unanimous adoption of Security Council Resolution 2178 condemning violent extremism and underscoring the need to prevent travel, support for foreign terrorist fighters. For more on SCR 2178, see this ABC News explainer.
As further background and context for our conversation today, see our 2010 report on foreign fighter trends, trajectories, and conflict zones, which HSPI produced jointly with the Swedish National Defence College. Also see our 2013 commentaries on the foreign fighter challenge in Syria, published by France’s Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique; and on the role of social media in the context of counterterrorism, published by The National Interest; plus, my 2013 remarks before the UN Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee, on countering use of the Internet for terrorist purposes.