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NATO and the fight against terrorism

Countering terrorism

Countering terrorism

Terrorism poses a real and serious threat to the security and safety of the Alliance and its members. It is a global threat that knows no border, nationality or religion – a challenge that the international community must tackle together. NATO’s work on counter-terrorism focuses on improved threat awareness and preparedness, developing adequate capabilities and enhancing engagement with partner countries and other international actors.

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NATO Secretary General and the fight against terrorism

Publications

    • Countering Terrorism 05 Sep. 2011

      The essence of NATO's role in the fight against terrorism is protecting people. NATO offers a unique range of assets to the international community. This Briefing explains the scope and type of activities NATO is undertaking to fight the scourge of terrorism.

    • Tackling New Security Challenges 31 Jan. 2012

      Some of the most important challenges facing NATO in the coming decades include terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, cyber security, the threat of missile attack, energy security and piracy. This Briefing discusses the ways in which the Alliance aims to tackle these new security challenges.

    • Response to terrorism 28 Feb. 2008

      The essence of NATO's role in the fight against terrorism is protecting people. NATO offers a unique range of assets to the international community in the fight against terrorism. First, it is a permanent consultation forum that can transform discussions into collective decision. Second, it can turn decisions into effective action, which can be backed up by an unparalleled military capability. Third, NATO is part of an impressive network of cooperative relationships with many partners.

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    • What terror attacks tell us: the German example 09 Aug. 2012

      On Monday July 2, 2012 German security authorities were shocked, as the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, Heinz Fromm, resigned. His agency, the Verfassungsschutz located in Cologne, had made a series of errors in the investigation of a neo-Nazi terror cell in Thuringia.

    • Thoughts of a former extremist 31 Jul. 2012

      Few can give a more personal insight into how serious home-grown terrorism is than Maajid Naawaz. Formerly a member of Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir, he now heads up a counter-extremist foundation. Here he explains why are people drawn to extremism and what it means for potential responses.

    • Homegrown terrorism: how the EU sees it 31 Jul. 2012

      Homegrown terrorism is clearly a domestic, national issue. So how can a multinational organisation like the EU play a meaningful role? The man who fills the post of EU counter-terrorism coordinator explains what can - and can't - be done by the EU. And highlights some of the impacts it has already had.

    • The economic downturn: a boon for home-grown terrorists? 31 Jul. 2012

      Will the present economic downturn - with its higher rates of youth unemployment, depression and disillusionment - have any impact on homegrown terrorist recruitment or activity. Dr Brooke Roger looks at how much we can know.

    • Terror, coercion and foreign policy 31 Jul. 2012

      Mitch Silber has looked through masses of profiles of homegrown terrorists and their motivations in his role as the New York Police Department’s Intelligence Division’s Analytic and Cyber Units. Here he presents some of the main themes that emerged from that analysis.

    • Not gone - but not as strong 31 Jul. 2012

      Jason Burke has followed the evolution of al Qaida since the last century. Here he looks at how the group has evolved, where it stands now - and the implications for homegrown terrorism.

    • Threats from within 09 Aug. 2012

      In this edition of NATO Review, we look at the dangers of 'the enemy within'. Homegrown terrorists are one of the best - or worst - examples of asymmetrical war. They are difficult to detect, often blend in well with the local population and can strike with devastating effect. But how new is this? And should we be worried about this increasing?

    • Homegrown terrorism in pictures 11 Jul. 2012

      The tag ‘homegrown terrorism’ may be new. But the activity certainly isn’t. This photostory highlights some previous examples – stretching back almost a century.

    • Homegrown terrorism: how can NATO fight it? 11 Jul. 2012

      The threat from homegrown terrorists is clearly a security issue. But it is one largely dealt with by national intelligence and security forces – not the military. So what exactly can NATO do to counter it? And how does this fit into NATO's wider fight against terrorism? We ask NATO’s counter terrorism expert.

    • “New” terrorism in the Western world? 11 Jul. 2012

      Homegrown terrorism is not new, argues Marc Sageman. It is as old as political struggle. But it does have new elements in it – not least being the Internet.

    • BBC Interview of Baroness Manningham-Buller 07 Oct. 2011

      Baroness Manningham-Buller was the Director of the UK's MI5 security service from 2002 to 2007. She was already a counter-terrorism expert by the time of the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and went on to rise up through the organisation. Earlier this year, she gave a series of lectures to the BBC.

    • 10 years later: lessons learnt 08 Sep. 2011

      The ten years since the 9/11 attacks have thrown up new and challenging security risks. How well have we kept up with them? Has NATO changed enough? In this edition, we look at what the security world has learnt since that historic day.

    • Being NATO's Secretary General on 9/11 08 Sep. 2011

      Being NATO Secretary General is always a job fraught with challenges and surprises. But on 11 September, 2001, Lord Robertson had one of the most extraordinary experiences of any NATO Secretary General. Here, he recounts how the day panned out.

    • NATO ten years after: learning the lessons 08 Sep. 2011

      In retrospect, instead of heralding NATO's decline, "09/11" became the catalyst for the most fundamental changes in NATO's history, argues Michael Ruhle. Yet for the NATO Allies, the questions they had to ponder from the outset were as obvious as they were profound.

    • Images of terror: threats' changing faces 08 Sep. 2011

      A picture is worth a thousand words - and these pictures may be more. In this photostory, we outline some of the most striking images of the threats that came on, and since, 9/11.

    • NATO after 9/11: a US perspective 08 Sep. 2011

      For a truly modern approach to bringing NATO up to speed on 21st century security threats, the Alliance needs smart spending, more commitment and clearer planning, argues Dr Jacquelyn Davis.

    • New threats: the cyber-dimension 08 Sep. 2011

      September 11th, 2001 has often been called the day that changed everything. This might not be true for our day to day life, but in security, it really marked a new era. Together with the Twin Towers, our traditional perceptions of threats collapsed. The Cold War scenario that had dominated for over 50 years was radically and irrevocably altered.

    • The mechanics of terrorism 31 May. 2009

      In this issue, we look at how much it costs to tackle terrorism, its changing tactics, its ability to be both targeted and indiscriminate, its sources of support and how organisations like NATO can tackle it.

    • Yemen: danger ahead? 07 Oct. 2010

      Yemen is a typical example of a faraway land of which we know little. But the events taking place there may change our attitude. As the base of a new branch of al Qaida, the training camp of suicide bombers, a country on the verge of state failure and/or civil war and with perhaps the first capital city to run out of water, Yemen clearly deserves more attention than it gets now - but this may change very soon.

    • Maritime security: sink or swim 30 Jun. 2010

      How are the seas kept safe? How much does piracy cost ships and insurers? And are anti-terrorist operations at sea set to spread? In this edition, NATO Review sets out to see how what happens at sea affects lives on land. We ask military and business leaders about how important piracy really is and go on a live NATO operation to see up close what it does at sea.

    • Terrorists and organised crime: just business? 29 Sep. 2009

      Terrorists and organised crime groups are working together on a daily basis. In counterfeiting, drugs, arms, and cyber and financial crime. The difference between these groups is increasingly blurred. They often share techniques, personnel, skills and money making activities. NATO Review talks to some key experts about how this happened and where it is leading.

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