A Review of the Utility of Existing Terrorism Risk Assessment Instruments and Policies

NA­TO Re­se­arch Work­shop in Ber­lin am 29. und 30.11.2019. Haupt­or­ga­ni­sa­to­rin: Dr. Gun­da Wöß­ner, Max-Planck-In­sti­tut für aus­län­di­sches und in­ter­na­tio­na­les Straf­recht. Co-Di­rec­tors: Dr. Ray­mond Cor­ra­do, Si­mon Fra­ser Uni­ver­si­ty, und Dr. Ari­el Me­ra­ri, Tel Aviv Uni­ver­si­ty (ge­schlos­se­ne Ver­an­stal­tung).


NA­TO Ad­van­ced Re­se­arch Work­shop fo­cu­ses on A Re­view of the Exis­ting Ter­ro­rism Risk As­sess­ment In­stru­ments in Ber­lin, Nov. 29-30.

Over the past de­ca­de, coun­ter­ter­ro­rism pro­fes­sio­nals and re­se­ar­chers ha­ve ac­ce­le­ra­ted the search for scree­ning in­stru­ments to bet­ter iden­tify the ty­pes of in­di­vi­du­als who are most li­ke­ly to be re­crui­ted in­to ter­ro­rist or­ga­ni­za­ti­ons or be­co­me in­spi­red to in­di­vi­dual­ly com­mit ter­ro­rist acts.

Most re­cent lo­ne ac­tor at­tacks across Eu­ro­pe and North Ame­ri­ca in­vol­ved in­di­vi­du­als al­rea­dy known to law en­for­ce­ment and na­tio­nal se­cu­ri­ty agen­cies. Ma­ny of the­se in­di­vi­du­als we­re as­ses­sed eit­her as low or non-im­me­dia­te thre­at, and, the­re­fo­re, most we­re not sub­ject to in­ten­si­ve mo­ni­to­ring.

As a re­spon­se to the­se at­tacks and to fur­ther pre­ven­ti­on ef­forts, a NA­TO sup­por­ted Ad­van­ced Re­se­arch Work­shop (ARW), tit­led A Re­view of the Uti­li­ty of Exis­ting Ter­ro­rism Risk As­sess­ment In­stru­ments and Po­li­cies: Is The­re the Need for Pos­si­ble New Ap­proa­ches? will be held at the Max Planck So­cie­ty’s con­fe­rence ve­nue, the Har­nack Hou­se in Ber­lin on No­vem­ber 29 and 30, 2019.  
Dr Ray­mond Cor­ra­do from Si­mon Fra­ser Uni­ver­si­ty and Dr Ari­el Me­ra­ri from Tel Aviv Uni­ver­si­ty or­ga­ni­zed this work­shop and are its co-di­rec­tors. Dr Gun­da Woess­ner from the Max Planck In­sti­tu­te for For­eign and In­ter­na­tio­nal Cri­mi­nal Law is the pri­ma­ry or­ga­ni­zer of the Ber­lin work­shop.

Spea­kers and pa­nel­lists will in­clu­de aca­de­mic and po­li­cy ex­perts from dif­fe­rent dis­ci­pli­nes and go­ver­n­ment se­cu­ri­ty agen­cies from 14 NA­TO mem­ber and part­ner­ship coun­tries and who ha­ve be­en in­vol­ved in ter­ro­rism risk as­sess­ment. The re­se­arch pre­sen­ta­ti­ons and the po­li­cy pa­nel dis­cus­si­ons will fo­cus on using, eva­lua­ting, or de­ve­lo­ping ter­ro­rist risk pro­fi­ling in­stru­ments.
This clo­sed work­shop will fur­ther NA­TO’s Science for Pe­ace and Se­cu­ri­ty’ (SPS) key prio­ri­ties, iden­tify­ing best prac­ti­ces for risk as­sess­ment and ma­na­ge­ment of in­di­vi­du­als at risk for an­ti-state ter­ro­rism, to be used by coun­ter ter­ro­rism spe­cia­lists among NA­TO mem­ber and part­ner­ship coun­tries. The ARW re­se­arch pa­pers and po­li­cy pa­nel the­mes will be the ba­sis for an edi­ted NA­TO book pu­bli­ca­ti­on.

Con­tact: Dr Ray­mond Cor­ra­do @ cor­ra­do@sfu.ca