Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 08/2009

The G8's Counterterrorism Action Group May 2009

Eric Rosand

May 2009

Fourth Freedom Forum


This policy brief argues that while the G8's CTAG has performed unevenly and largely failed to meet the goals set out for it, the mechanism still offers the best opportunity currently available for enhanced coordination of counterterrorism assistance. The piece outlines a series of possible options for maximizing CTAG's effectiveness including delinking CTAG from the Lyon-Roma Anti-Crime and Counterterrorism Group or even the G8 as a whole; expanding its membership; and expanding the CTAG mandate beyond narrow security-related issues.