Counter-terrorism is under increasing scrutiny. With budget cuts expected across Whitehall after the General Election, the economy and effectiveness of counter-terrorism policies will be closely examined. Legislation introduced after 7/7, operations in Afghanistan, the Prevent strategy and wider police funding are all under review in the new age of austerity.
Parliamentary Under-secretary of State for Security and Counter-terrorism
Shadow Security Minister and National Security Adviser to the Leader of the Opposition
Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Policing and Member of the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy
Head, Counter-Terrorism Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Director, PREVENT, Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT)
Vice President, RUSI
South Asia Director, International Crisis Group
Head of the Political Affairs Secretariat, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Director of the Pakistan Security Research Unit, Bradford University
Professor of Criminal Justice Studies, Leeds University
Director of Human Rights Policy, JUSTICE
Addressing the evolving threats and responses to counter-terrorism, with contributions from senior policy-makers and academics, the conference will consider the near-future challenges to counter-terrorism policy:
- Foreign Policy and Implications
Are current foreign and defence policies increasing or reducing the threat to the UK from terrorism? Can a view that our military endeavour in Afghanistan is protecting the UK from terrorism be reconciled with the statements of those successfully and unsuccessfully perpetrating attacks? What other states present threats by virtue of inaction or an inability to control activity within their borders and what should the response be?
- Policing Terrorism
The police service has received enormous levels of funding since 2005 to construct and staff new counter-terrorism coordination and intelligence structures, plus a range of specialised roles within local forces. Are these new resources adequately tasked, fully utilised and demonstrating effect and value for money?
- Legislation & Extraordinary Measures
The legislative framework for counter-terrorism is in need of review. The control orders regime is in disarray following the withdrawal and dismissal of controls. The challenge by the ECHR to Section 44 stop and search is only the latest damning response to this counter-terrorism provision. Further, there remain important ethical considerations in relation to the deportation with assurances regime that permits the transfer of foreign nationals to states that use torture.
The Prevent component of the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy is often cited by officials as the only long-term solution. Nevertheless, policies in this area are confused, conflicted and in some cases alienate and risk criminalising members of the community. What good is there in Prevent and what is its future in the aftermath of a general election?
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