Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 05/2009

The UN Security Council's Counterterrorism Program: What Lies Ahead?

Eric Rosand, Alistair Millar, Jason Ipe

October 2007

International Peace Institute


Since September 2001, the Security Council and its various counterterrorism-related subsidiary bodies have made significant contributions to the global counterterrorism campaign, primarily through normsetting and institution building and by keeping terrorism on the political agenda while engaging in dialogue with—and stimulating the activities of— states and multilateral bodies.Yet, rather than together constituting a comprehensive strategy to address the global terrorist threat, each Council initiative has had an improvisational, ad hoc quality. Following each major terrorist attack—often against one of its own members—the Council’s response has extended well beyond the specific incident at hand with little regard to its relation to the already existing Council program.