Western Foreign Fighters: Innovations in Responding to the Threat

RACHEL BRIGGS OBE & TANYA SILVERMAN, DECEMBER 2014

The security threat posed by so-called ‘foreign fighters’ is an ever-present fear of Western Governments. The departure of European and North American nationals to war zones to participate in conflict or terrorism-related activities presents a number of potential and serious threats.

This paper argues that Western Governments in particular need to expand their efforts to develop measures to effectively counter the foreign fighter phenomenon. Existing legal and policing measures should be supplemented by (a) building resilience to extremist propaganda, both online and offline; (b) prevention of travel through interventions; and (c) reducing the risk represented by radicalised individuals upon their return and providing support for their parents, families and wider communities.

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The Cloud Caliphate: Archiving the Islamic State in Real Time

This joint report by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) and the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point offers a preliminary survey and analysis of one of the largest known online repositories of Islamic State materials, nicknamed the “Cloud Caliphate,” to increase understanding of how violent extremist groups and their supporters manage, preserve, and protect information relevant to their cause.

Developing and Implementing Local Action Plans for P/CVE in East Africa: SCN Toolkit with lessons from Kenya.

This toolkit has been designed by the Strong Cities Network (SCN), based on Kenya’s experience in developing County Action Plans (CAPs) on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism, as a resource for governments and civil society organisations in East Africa who are interested in developing a Local Action Plan (LAP). LAPs seek to build a multisectoral approach to strengthening community resilience and addressing the root causes of violent extremism, polarisation and hate.