Terrorism & Counter-terrorism

Following are all current, recent, and past IFPA projects, publications, conferences, workshops, articles, and presentations that address terrorism and/or counter-terrorism.

  • Publications

    Re-Calibrating Security Force Assistance (SFA) as a Critical Component of Waging Irregular Warfare (IW) within the Context of the Global War on Terror (GWOT)
    Jacquelyn K. Davis and Charles M. Perry
    December 2008
    Rethinking the War on Terror: Developing a Strategy to Counter Extremist Ideologies
    Jacquelyn K. Davis and Charles M. Perry
    March 2007, 32 pp

    IFPA completed and distributed this summary report on a January 2007 workshop organized in support of U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM).The focus of the workshop was a discussion of the ideological roots of Islamist extremism as a basis for countering such ideology. In addition, it identified and assessed the elements of a national strategy to defeat radical Islamist threats and addressed measures to promote democratization in the region. Attendees at the workshop ncluded experts and scholars specializing in various aspects of Islamic extremism, as well as USCENTCOM Deputy Commander VADM Dave Nichols, other senior command representatives, and high- ranking U.S. officials.

    Radical Islamist Ideologies and the Long War: Implications for U.S. Strategic Planning and U.S. Central Command's Operations
    Jacquelyn K. Davis
    January 2007, 73 pp

    IFPA completed this report as part of an ongoing study of radical Islam and its implications for the Long War against terrorism. It provides a comprehensive assessment of the ideological underpinnings of radical Islam and how these ideologies seem to be fueling terrorist and insurgent activities, including suicide bombing operations and other asymmetric strategies. Emphasis is placed on the effect of these activities in U.S. Central Command’s (USCENTCOM’s) area of responsibility, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan. This study also includes updated analyses and recommendations derived from a workshop on suicide bombers held in support of USCENTCOM earlier in 2006.

    The Strategic Plan for Safeguarding the Commonwealth of Massachusetts against Terrorist and Related Threats
    Prepared for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by
    January 2003, 43 pp

  • Events

    Counter-Piracy and Counter-Terrorism Planning for Somalia and the Horn of Africa: Implications for NATO and NSHQ Planning
    January 10, 2012, The Hague, the Netherlands

    IFPA collaborated with the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies to organize the seventh NATO SOF Coordination Centre (NSCC) Senior Steering Group (SSG) meeting, a workshop on Somalia and future requirements for counter-piracy and counter-terrorism planning. The workshop explored options for dealing with piracy and its potential use by al-Shabab to destabilize Somalia and its regional partners, and to understand more precisely the possibilities for and/or constraints on an expanded use of NATO, the European Union (EU), or national forces to support the African Union mission in Somalia (AUMIS), to shore up the position of the Transnational Federal Government (TFG) in and possibly beyond Mogadishu, and to empower regional forces in their fight against violent extremists on the African continent. A related workshop objective was to explore the possibilities for enhancing and broadening intelligence collaboration on counter-piracy and counter-terrorism planning between NATO and the EU, and how such collaboration could enable NATO SOF to position themselves more effectively should the Alliance’s political leaders decide to support a more forward-leaning position on Somalia and the Horn of Africa, either to facilitate World Food Program deliveries or to employ the use of force, under a new UNSC mandate, to target jihadi training camps, pirate bases, or other related logistical infrastructure on the ground in Somalia. 

    Terrorists, Drug Traffickers, and Gangs in Latin America: Undermining Democracy
    June 9, 2010, Washington, D.C., in association with the Hudson Institute and part of the Democracy in Latin America seminar series

    Rethinking the War on Terror: Developing a Strategy to Counter Extremist Ideologies: Part 2
    June 17, 2007, Washington, D.C., in support of U.S. Central Command
    Rethinking the War on Terror: Developing a Strategy to Counter Extremist Ideologies: Part 1
    January 10, 2007, Washington, D.C., in support of U.S. Central Command

    Dissuading, Deterring, or Defeating the Suicide Bomber Threat
    June 28, 2006, Washington, D.C., in support of U.S. Central Command
    Catastrophic Terrorist Threat to a Key Mediterranean Port as Part of Exercise Diligent Defender ( part of Athens Olympics security planning)
    June 16 – June 17, 2004, Naples, Italy, Allied Forces Southern Region Headquarters, in support of U.S. European Command and Allied Forces Southern Region
    Planning for and Responding to Bio-terror Threats to the U.S. Homeland: NORTHCOM's Roles, Capabilities, and Requirements
    March 30, 2004, Washington, D.C., in support of U.S. Northern Command