Congressional Research Service. September 4, 2013.
The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States and the subsequent revelation of Al Qaeda cells in Europe gave new momentum to European Union (EU) initiatives to combat terrorism and improve police, judicial, and intelligence cooperation among its member states. Other deadly incidents in Europe, such as the Madrid and London bombings in 2004 and 2005 respectively, injected further urgency into strengthening EU counterterrorism capabilities and reducing barriers among national law enforcement authorities so that information could be meaningfully shared and suspects apprehended expeditiously. Among other steps, the EU has established a common definition of terrorism and a common list of terrorist groups, an EU arrest warrant, enhanced tools to stem terrorist financing, and new measures to strengthen external EU border controls and improve aviation security.
http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/214425.pdf [PDF format, 27 pages].
RAND Corporation. June 12, 2013.
Testimony presented before the House Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence on June 12, 2013. ” This hearing addresses two significant threats to America’s security and vital interests: Lashkar-e Taiba, and the potential for a Mumbai-style attack here in the United States.” [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/testimonies/CT300/CT390/RAND_CT390.pdf [PDF format, 13 pages].
RAND Corporation. June 12, 2013.
Testimony submitted before the House Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence on June 12, 2013. This testimony’s topic before the committee “is the threat of a terrorist attack in the United States along the lines of the 2008 terrorist assault on the city of Mumbai, where 10 terrorists, armed with assault rifles, pistols, grenades, and improvised explosives, carried out coordinated attacks across the city, killing 162 people and paralyzing a metropolis of 14 million people for 60 hours while mesmerizing the world’s media.” [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/testimonies/CT300/CT391/RAND_CT391.pdf [PDF format, 12 pages].
Congressional Research Service. May 21, 2013.
The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States and the subsequent revelation of Al Qaeda cells in Europe gave new momentum to European Union (EU) initiatives to combat terrorism and improve police, judicial, and intelligence cooperation among its member states. Congressional decisions related to improving border controls and transport security, in particular, may affect how future U.S.-EU cooperation evolves. In addition, given the European Parliament’s growing influence in many of these policy areas, Members of Congress may be able to help shape Parliament’s views and responses through ongoing contacts and the existing Transatlantic Legislators’ Dialogue (TLD). This report examines the evolution of U.S.-EU counterterrorism cooperation and the ongoing challenges that may be of interest in the 113th Congress.
http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/210245.pdf [PDF format, 27 pages].
Council on Foreign Relations. May 28, 2013.
President Obama’s speech at the National Defense University on May 23 sought to explain a number of controversial counterterrorism policies, including targeting killing and detention of militant extremists. CFR’s John Bellinger says the address was “most notable for its antiwar message,” and calls to take the country off a perpetual wartime footing. Bellinger lauds the president’s efforts to improve transparency and said he set new standards for the use of drones, but says the speech fell short in laying out a path for revising detention policy and the law used to justify drone strikes. [Note: contains coyrighted material].