Combating Terrorism

Working Group Chair: Ryan Young
Working Group Associate Director: Jacqueline Sutherland
Twitter: @YPFP_CTWG

The Combating Terrorism Working Group (CTWG) reorganized in early 2017 from the Combating Terrorism Discussion Group in order to better facilitate the development of future counterterrorism leaders and policymakers. The central goals of the CTWG are to increase NextGen engagement through policy paper production, focused discussion meetings, and YPFP Membership-wide events. The CTWG explores and assesses methods that the United States and our allies can use to effectively respond to and proactively prepare for emerging and evolving terrorist threats. The working group leverages cross disciplinary approaches in order to create holistic solutions to fight terrorism.

Key Areas of Focus:

In addition to assessing current events that directly and indirectly relate to counterterrorism efforts and international security, in the past we’ve discussed:

• The pros and cons of counter-radicalization/de-radicalization programs
• The relationship between counterterrorism, privacy, and civil liberties
• The assessed contributions or failures of existing counterterrorism strategies in various regions
• The use of advanced technology (specifically Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to track and eliminate terrorist threats

Membership Criteria:

• Demonstrated interest in counterterrorism strategies and policies
• Professional or academic experience in the field of national security, counterterrorism, or related fields
• Commitment to attending monthly meetings on a regular basis
• Desire to engage in counterterrorism policy through the publishing of papers and participation in CTWG events
• Willingness to keep up with current events related to national security and terrorist threats
• Firm understanding that candid and valuable discussions require respect for different viewpoints and perspectives