Regional Cooperation in Counter-Terrorism

The international security architecture today hinges upon “cooperation” and “collective action”. Forging new partnerships at the regional and sub-regional levels is necessary for any constructive effort in Counter-Terrorism (CT). Regional organisations, therefore, have an important role to play in synergising counter-terrorism efforts into a comprehensive strategy and creating a united front.

In order to counter terrorism and violent extremism, strategies should focus on “cooperation among all”, be cognizant of the diversity in the society and sensitive to their varying needs. In this context, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, of Pakistan on the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations said that United Nations was established “to build universal peace and prosperity on the basis of equitable principles, cooperation and collective action.” He further said, “Peace can be achieved through dialogue, not disengagement.” President Xi Jinping, of China, addressing the 70th session of UNGA called for a new form of international relations, one that sought partnerships rather than alliances. The statements given by both leaders provide guiding principles for achieving world peace and harmony, in the fight against militancy and violent extremism.

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