Watch The Webinar: A View to a Border: 1. Cross-border cooperation & Information sharing

In Cooperation with the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), the latest Border Security Report Webinar is now available to watch – “Cross-border cooperation & information sharing at a glance: Previous experiences and success stories in the context of counter terrorism and related transnational organized crime”

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Understanding, anticipating, and effectively addressing current and emerging terrorism and security threats are critically important but are also among the most challenging tasks of the law enforcement community. Terrorists and their affiliates often move across borders and regions in order to recruit, establish new cells and areas of influence, plan and organize attacks, avoid detection and arrest, finance their activities, and return to their countries of origin.

  • Introduction to thematic areas and case studies
    I. Western Europe: Spain’s experience from 11-M to the 2017 Barcelona attacks
    II. West Africa: The Accra Initiative: Operation Koudanlgou II & III
    III. Western Balkans: UNCCT-INTERPOL Project HOTSPOT
  • Interactive Dialogue: Previous Experiences & Success Stories

Timely access to critical information about identified or suspected terrorist activity is central to counter-terrorism efforts. The exchange of information and cross-border cooperation are critical tools for investigations into transnational crimes as well as for the identification of terrorists and foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) (including returnees and relocators) as well as the organized criminal networks that facilitate their travel. Enhancing the sharing of operational information on terrorists and FTFs, including biometric data, assists in building situational awareness of travel routes and modus operandi so that coordinated measures for prevention and prosecution may be strategically implemented. However, information exchange and inter-agency cooperation, both within and between countries, while routinely touted as critical components of border security and management, have historically been difficult to achieve and remain significant challenges.

In achieving strong and enforceable counter-terrorism frameworks, countries must adopt effective border controls, issue secure travel documents, with the corollary need to exchange operational information concerning terrorists and foreign terrorist fighters and expand cross-border criminal investigations. Having adequate operational procedures and policy mechanisms in place allows law enforcement agencies to effectively address the foreign terrorist fighter phenomenon and tackle the linkages between terrorism and transnational organized crime.

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