International Experts Gathered in The Hague to Evaluate a Decade of Intensified Counter-Terrorism

On 12 – 13 December 2010, ICCT held its International Launch Conference entitled ‘Ten Years after 9/11: Evaluating a Decade of Intensified Counter-Terrorism’. Over 200 high-level international experts from various governments, academic institutions and NGOs gathered to discuss the status of counter-terrorism as the year 2011 draws near, in which it will be 10 years since those devastating attacks on the United States.

The conference commenced with a dinner in the historic former Town Hall of The Hague on December 12. Dan Gardner, journalist and author of ‘Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear’, held a keynote on (counter-)terrorism, fear and risk perception. He argued that policymakers “should attack the terror, not just the terrorist”.

On Monday 13 December, distinguished member of the ICCT Board of Advisors and former NATO Secretary General Professor Jaap de Hoop Scheffer formally opened the conference, welcoming the guest in “The Hague, City of Peace, Justice and Security and also, as of today, the city of Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism”. This was followed by introductory remarks on the conference theme and proceedings by ICCT director Peter Knoope.

Subsequently, two keynote speakers, Mr. Michael E. Rolince (former Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office Counterterrorism Division) and Mr. Imtiaz Gul (Journalist and Director Center for Research and Security Studies, Islamabad), gave the audience a bird’s eye overview of a decade of counter-terrorism from two very different geographical and institutional perspectives. During the subsequent plenary panel discussion, Prof. Dr. Martha Crenshaw (Stanford University) and Mr. Richard Barrett (Coordinator UN Al-Qaida / Taliban Monitoring Team) commented on the earlier presentations and presented their own analyses of implemented counter-terrorism policies and measures over the last ten years.

The afternoon segment of the conference consisted of four Panel Workshops, each looking into the progress that has been made over the last decade in a specific area of counter-terrorism. At the end of the workshop sessions, each Chair reported back various policy recommendations and areas of future research in relation to the workshop’s theme


Programme
Sunday 12 December 2010
The Hague

14:00-18:00  On-Site Registration: ICCT Registration Desk

18:30-22:30  Welcome Reception and Dinner Keynote: Mr. Dan Gardner: Journalist and Author of ‘Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear’

 

Monday 13 December 2010   The Hague

08:30-09:00  On-Site Registration and Coffee / Tea: ICCT Registration Desk

09:00-09:10  Opening: Prof. Mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer – Professor at Leiden University and former NATO Secretary General

09:10-09:30  Introductory Remarks: Dr. Peter Knoope – Director ICCT

09:30-10:15  Keynote: Mr. Michael E. Rolince – Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton and former Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office Counterterrorism Division

10:15-11:00  Keynote: Mr. Imtiaz Gul – Journalist and Director Center for Research and Security Studies, Islamabad

11:00-11:15  Coffee / Tea Break

11:15-12:45  Panel Discussion
>Drs. Peter Knoope (Chair) – Director ICCT
>Mr. Michael E. Rolince – Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton and former Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office Counterterrorism Division
>Mr. Imtiaz Gul – Journalist and Director Center for Research and Security Studies, Islamabad
>Prof. Dr. Martha Crenshaw – Professor at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at CISAC and FSI
>Mr. Richard Barrett – Coordinator UN Al-Qaida / Taliban Monitoring Team

12:45-13:45  Buffet Lunch       

13:45-16:30  Panel Workshops

 

Workshop I: Countering Violent Extremist Narratives

Chair: Kamel Rezag Bara (Counter-terrorism Advisor to the President of Algeria)

Panellists:
Prof. Dr. Rogelio Alonso (Professor at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos)

Dr. Omar Ashour (Lecturer, Exeter University)

Prof. Dr. Rohan Gunaratna (Professor at Nanyang Technological University and Head of ICPVTR)

Prof. Dr. Max Taylor (Professor at University of St Andrews and Director CSTPV)

 

Workshop II: International Legal Framework for Countering Terrorism

Chair: Dr. Liesbeth Lijnzaad (Legal Advisor, The Netherlands Ministry for Foreign Affairs)

Panellists:
Prof. Bill Banks (Professor at Syracuse University)
Prof. Terry Gill (Professor at University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University)
Ms. Jelena Pejic (Legal Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross)
Dr. David Scharia (Legal Officer, UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate)

 

Workshop III: Role of Civil Society in Countering Violent Extremism

Chair: Ms. Joanne Mariner (Director Human Rights Watch Terrorism & Counterterrorism Program)

Panellists:
Dr. David Cortright (Director of Policy Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies)

Mr. Sadik Harchaoui (Chairman, Forum Institute for Multicultural Affairs)
Mr. Colin Mellis (Policy Officer, Netherlands National Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism)

Mr. Toaha Qureshi MBE (CEO, Stockwell Green Community Services)

 

Workshop IV: Effective Counter-Terrorism: Striking a Balance between Repression and Prevention

Chair: Mr. Gilles de Kerchove (EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator)

Panellists:
Dr. John Bew (Lecturer at King’s College London)

Prof. Dr. Martha Crenshaw (Professor at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at CISAC and FSI    )

Prof. Dr. Richard English (Professor at Queen’s University Belfast)

Dr. Jean-Luc Marret (Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations)

 

16:30-17:00  Concluding Remarks

Panel Workshop Chairs and Drs. Peter Knoope

17:00-18:00  Drinks Reception