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The UK’s international counter-terrorism policy


This inquiry will scrutinise the UK’s ongoing global counter-terrorism efforts. It will examine the actions taken by the UK to manage, contain and prevent ongoing acts of terrorism emanating overseas, with a view to assessing counter-terrorism policy in light of the 2021 Integrated Review and its 2023 Refresh. It will further examine the security, diplomatic and political objectives the UK prioritises in the evolving terrorism landscape.

The inquiry aims to map the motivations, sources and locations of the most pressing current terrorist threats and to consider how they may evolve in the next decade. It will also examine FCDO policy with reference to different forms of terrorism, including ecological, extreme left, extreme right, narco-terrorism, and religious fundamentalist terrorism.

It will consider in particular the implications for the UK of regional instability in Afghanistan, the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa; and examine how the UK can use its influence to best effect in bilateral and multilateral security partnerships.

Read the call for evidence for more details about the inquiry

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Monday 12 June 2023.

Past events

Tuesday 16 January 2024
2:15pm Private
2:30pm Public
The UK’s international counter-terrorism policy - Oral evidence 16 January 2024
  • Edmund Fitton-Brown (Former Coordinator at UN Sanctions Monitoring Group)
  • Dr Lina Khatib (Director at SOAS Middle East Institute)
  • Dr Inga Trauthig (Visiting Fellow at Centre for Middle Eastern Studies and KCL)
  • Jerome Drevon (Jihad and Modern Conflict Senior Analyst at International Crisis Group)
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Tuesday 28 November 2023
2:00pm Private
2:30pm Public
The UK’s international counter-terrorism policy - Oral evidence 28 November 2023
  • Nuradin Dirie (Senior Advisor at European Institute of Peace)
  • Roger Middleton (Managing Director at Sabi Insight)
  • Dr Nisar Majid (Research Director (Somalia), Peace & Conflict Resolution Evidence Platform (PeaceRep) at London School of Economics)
  • John Deverell CBE (Independent Consultant at First Call Partners, and former senior military officer and Director of Defence Diplomacy at Ministry of Defence)
  • Stig Jarle Hansen (Norwegian political scientist, historian and author and Associate Professor at Norwegian University of Life Sciences)
  • Jonathan Guiffard (Senior Fellow, Defence and Africa at Institute Montaigne)
  • Dr Nicholas Westcott (Professor of Practice at Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS)
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Tuesday 12 September 2023
2:00pm Private
2:30pm Public
The UK’s international counter-terrorism policy - Oral evidence 12 September 2023
  • Peter Neumann (Professor of Security Studies at Department of War Studies, Kings College London, and Founder at International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation)
  • Antonio Giustozzi (Senior Research Fellow, Terrorism and Conflict at Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), and Visiting Professor at King's College London)
  • Richard Barrett CMG OBE (Former Director of Counterterrorism at MI6, and Former Head of the UN al-Qaeda/Taliban Monitoring Team at United Nations Security Council)
  • Harmonie Toros (Professor of International Relations at University of Reading)
  • Paul Jordan (Head of Responding to Violent Extremism at European Institute of Peace)
Room 6, Palace of Westminster

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  • Address: Foreign Affairs Committee | House of Commons | London | SW1A 0AA