The United Nations, the European Union and Multilateral Action Against Terrorism
28 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2013
Date Written: July 30, 2013
The United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) have developed a partnership in fighting terrorism. Despite the different actors and issues involved, multilateral approaches have successfully been applied in both formal and informal settings. At the same time, the lasting central role of States in countering terrorism has been stressed at global and regional levels. This working paper critically reviews the organizations’ strategies, legal and institutional frameworks developed and interactions taking place. Doing so, the paper discusses the EU’s use of its collective weight in the UN context and its commitment to the finding of multilateral solutions to the benefit of global debates and practices. The paper also identifies possible conceptual fractions in UN-EU counter-terrorism cooperation. It thereto focuses on the dynamics in multilateral efforts to streamline counter-terrorism action, to define terrorism and to sanction terrorists and terrorist groups.
Keywords: United Nations, European Union, Counter terrorism, Multilateral cooperation, Terrorism convention, Global security, Individual sanctions
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