The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism (UN CTED, 2020)

1. The present paper has been prepared by the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) in accordance with Security Council resolution 2395 (2017). This reaffirms the essential role of CTED within the United Nations to identify and assess issues, trends and developments relating to the implementation of Council resolutions 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005) and 2178 (2014), 2396 (2017) and other relevant resolutions.

2. Based on CTED’s recent engagement with Member States, international, regional and subregional organizations, civil society and CTED’s Global Research Network, the paper aims to provide a concise analytical overview of:

  • The short-term impact of COVID-19 on terrorists and terrorist groups;
  • How Member States’ COVID-19 responses have affected or intersected with counter-terrorism and CVE;
  • The potential long-term impacts of COVID-19 on terrorism, counter-terrorism, and CVE.

3. The paper aims to provide a global picture of these potential and actual impacts, while recognizing that – as with the impact of COVID-19 itself – those impacts are unlikely to be experienced consistently by all Member States or across all regions.

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Topic: Preventing violent extremism
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