The role and impact of the United Nations in confronting international terrorism in the aftermath of September 11: prospects and challenges in the fight against global Jihadism

2009
Kayalar, Derin
The thesis reviews and assesses the role and impact of the United Nations (UN) in the fight against the recent wave of international terrorism, understood as global jihadism, with a view to developing an understanding and awareness of the Organization's relevance and distinct position in the global counter-terrorism campaign, while at the same time, providing insight as to how to best combat the phenomenon, through an analysis of the threat posed by al-Qaida and weighing the threat against the real and potential capabilities available at the disposal of the world body. The analysis reveals that while considerable progress has been made with respect to diminishing the organizational and operational capabilities of al-Qaida through the collective mobilization of hard or ‘protective’ policy instruments in the wake of 9/11, progress has been fairly unsatisfactory in addressing the softer or ‘preventive’ aspects of counter-terrorism aimed at reducing the conditions conducive to terrorism. Furthermore, while the UN offers unique capabilities in the fields of technical assistance provision and cooperation and coherence building, its efforts are severely undermined by the lack of consensus and commitment on the part of the UN member states, and to a lesser extent, by its own organizational shortcomings. Overall, the analysis of policy responses of the UN and the international community in the context of terrorism is expected to bring perspective to the future of the world organization and its evolution to assume a potentially more proactive and preventive role in dealing with the most pressing and interconnected threats to international peace and security in the early 21st century, one of which is the global jihadist movement.

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Citation Formats
D. Kayalar, “The role and impact of the United Nations in confronting international terrorism in the aftermath of September 11: prospects and challenges in the fight against global Jihadism,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2009.