Counter-terrorism experts to share knowledge at NATO science training course

  • Last updated: 27 May. 2010 10:09

From 23 to 27 May 2010, a NATO funded Advanced Training Course in Kabul will aim to teach Afghan military and government officials the latest methods and strategies used in counter-terrorism operations.

Afghan police keep watch at the site of a blast in Kabul June 17, 2007. A suicide bomber blew himself up in the middle of the Afghan capital on Sunday, killing more than 35 people, a senior police official said. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (AFGHANISTAN)

With the active involvement of officials from the Afghan Ministries of Interior, Defence and Foreign Affairs, as well as the Government Media and Information Centre (GMIC) and the Peace and Reconciliation Secretariat, this course will look at both the strategic and operational implications for staff officers engaged in anti-terrorist activities. It will also aim to raise awareness of the roles played by the United Nations, NATO and the European Union in the fight against terrorism.

While most of the more than 40 participants will come from Afghanistan , some will also come from NATO countries such as Germany, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States, and partner countries such as Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan . The five-day mix of lectures, working groups and panel discussions will provide both a comprehensive and general overview of the subject. Experts from George Washington University, Georgia Institute of Technology and King’s College London will be among those giving lectures.

An important objective will be to inform the attendees about the current dynamics of terrorism in modern warfare, as well as the various aspects of defence against terrorism (DAT), providing them with additional skills and practical tools to prevent and defeat terrorist acts. They will discuss topics such as:

  • the root causes of terrorism
  • terrorist motivations and DAT response models
  • countering the ideology of terrorism
  • suicide terrorism
  • an overview of the legal response to terrorism
  • military operations against terrorism, and international law
  • NATO’s capability to combat WMD terrorism
  • defence against bio-terrorism
  • financing terror
  • media and terrorism: the development of reporting terror

Another objective of this course is to disseminate knowledge that can help in drafting and developing policy used in counter-terrorism operations. It will give the participants a conceptual understanding about the issues of terrorism as well as equip them with tools to use at the strategic and operational level.

This course is funded through NATO’s Science for Peace and Security Programme.