Terrorism of late emerged as a Global threat and requires concerted global efforts for it’s elimination. It is pertinent to mention that existing mechanisms are inadequate to effectively counter Terrorism. This can be proven by growing number of Terror attacks in all parts of the world without exception, unhindered flow of funds to terrorist organisations, ability to attract and recruit youth by indoctrination  world over, and growing linkages of terror groups with organised crime agents.

Following are the deficiencies in existing mechanisms:

  • In spite of presence of Multi lateral and bilateral treaties like Financial action task force, United nations office on drugs and crime , we do not have a comprehensive convention on International terrorism.
  • Lack of multi-lateral screening databases on terrorism is preventing thwarting of terror events and spread of Terror ideology.
  • Lack of designated national authorities to be reported and also facilitating national laws is preventing extradition, judicial delays, so perpetrators of terror crimes in another nations go unpunished.
  • absence of international consensus on Cyber laws is contributing to rampant cyber indoctrination.
  • lack of International law to censure and isolate terror havens and financiers is emboldening them.

Measures needed:

  • All nations should work closely towards a Comprehensive convention on International terrorism .
  • Free movement of all actionable intelligence information should be made a priority.
  • National governments should identify a dedicated body as designated authority to act as single point of communication for all terror related information exchange and enforcement.
  • Multi Stakeholder model involving states, corporates, civil society, should develop consensus on an International Cyber policy.
  • Terror financing and safe havens of Terrorism should be identified by effective implementation of Financial action task force convention.
  • Finally there should be operational collaboration of various international conventions like ones related to Human trafficking, drug trafficking, Maritime piracy, Arms trafficking.

Thus it can be said that to fight a Global threat we need a larger global vision and policy and localized interventions are unlikely to yield desired results.

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