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Publication Launch: Counterterrorism Yearbook 2017

Speakers: Duncan Lewis

On the 21st of March 2017, ASPI launched the Counterterrorism Yearbook for 2017, in what will be an annual publication for the institute. The Yearbook is arranged by country and region, looking at areas around the world where terrorism and CT are in greatest focus.

Each chapter examines CT developments in 2016, including the nature of the terrorist threat being faced and how governments and others have approached CT through both policy and operations. Highlights of many chapters will be published in a series on The Strategist.

Countries and regions covered include Australia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Turkey, UK, USA, Canada, Africa, Russia and China.

Jacinta Carroll, head of ASPI’s Counter Terrorism Policy Centre, introduced the Yearbook and said that it aims to promote understanding and contribute to shared knowledge of CT, adding that the cost of investing in CT prevention will save Australia money when it comes to responding to a terror attack.

The Yearbook was officially launched by Director-General of Security of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, Major General Duncan Lewis, who stated to the audience that Australia's terror challenge must be addressed through a whole-of-society approach beyond just law enforcement efforts.

Mr Lewis addressed the issue of returning foreign fighters, saying that they will present an ongoing risk to security and community once they have returned to Australia.

The evening was rounded off with a few words from ASPI’s Executive Director, Peter Jennings, who urged readers to provide feedback to the 2017 Yearbook so that it can be improved for future editions.

The launch video is available below;