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

NA­TO Re­se­arch Work­shop in Ber­lin, Novem­ber 29th and 30th (closed work­shop). Primary Or­gan­izer: Dr Gunda Woess­ner, Max Planck In­sti­tute for For­eign and In­ter­na­tion­al Crim­in­al Law. Co-Dir­ect­ors: Dr Ray­mond Cor­rado, Si­mon Fraser Uni­versity, and Dr Ar­i­el Mer­ari, Tel Aviv Uni­versity.


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