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Fighting International Terrorism: A Comparative Analysis of Counter-Terrorism Policies of International Governmental Organizations and Global Think Tanks

Student: Aftandil Geysarzada

Supervisor: Caroline Schlaufer

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

Educational Programme: Political Analysis and Public Policy (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2019

Within the theory of securitization, this thesis examines counter-terrorism policies of IGOs and global think tanks. The main objective of this research is to analyze what policies IGOs offer to fight against international terrorism firstly, then to analyze how global think tanks support or criticize counter-terrorism policies proposed by IGOs, secondly. In order to answer these questions, we introduced comparative analysis of six cases (within the qualitative data analysis): UN, NATO and OSCE from IGOs and Brookings Institutions, EUISS and INSS from global think tanks. Our results showed that, the most part of counter-terrorism policy proposals of IGOs in political, military and economic sectors are strongly approved by global think tanks. From the other hand, we examined that there are several points which are solidly criticized by global think thanks, these include: Some directions of GWT, importance of more intelligence cooperation and less military operations. Terrorism is an ideological concern and therefore, counter- terrorism needs more local community support from the Muslim regions, in addition; implementation of educational, cultural and other social policies can assist counter-terrorism in this framework.

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