Richard Barrett CMG OBE is a Senior VP at the Soufan Group, a New York-based consulting firm. He is also a fellow of the Royal United Services Institute in London, the New America Foundation in Washington and the Centre for Research and Strategic Studies in Islamabad. From March 2004 to December 2012, Richard was the Coordinator of the UN Al-Qaida / Taliban Monitoring Team, which advises the Security Council on the effective development and implementation of the anctions regime. He was also a member of the Secretary-General’s Task Force established to promote the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. Richard has a particular interest in issues to do with countering violent extremism. Before working for the UN, Richard had a full career with the British Government, serving both in the UK and abroad. He was in charge of overseas counter-terrorist work before and after the attacks of 9/11.
On the 9 year anniversary of the Westgate attack, this Perspective takes stock of recent political developments and the evolution of the threat from al-Shabaab within both Somalia and Kenya.
This perspective analyses the recent ECtHR ruling and explains its impact on the policy of European countries to repatriate children that are still in the Northeast Syria camps.
This Perspective will assess five common predictions of the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan when they took over a year ago and consider whether things turned out as badly as many believed.