Quick Scan of Post 9/11 National Counter-Terrorism Policymaking and Implementation in Selected European Countries: Research Project for the Netherlands Ministry of Justice

Quick Scan of Post 9/11 National Counter-Terrorism Policymaking and Implementation in Selected European Countries: Research Project for the Netherlands Ministry of Justice

Quick Scan of Post 9/11 National Counter-Terrorism Policymaking and Implementation in Selected European Countries: Research Project for the Netherlands Ministry of Justice

Quick Scan of Post 9/11 National Counter-Terrorism Policymaking and Implementation in Selected European Countries: Research Project for the Netherlands Ministry of Justice

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A comparative analysis of The Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom was performed with respect to their counter-terrorism policymaking and implementation following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the New York World Trade Centre and the Pentagon and the crash of the hijacked airplane in Pennsylvania.

The goal of the comparative analysis was to make a contribution to improving coordination of counter-terrorism among European Union Member States. At the request of the client, the Dutch Ministry of Justice, the analysis was done in a short timeframe and with limited resources; hence the phrase ëquick scani in the title of the report.

The quick scan covers a qualitative description of the initial reaction of the selected countries to the 9/11 events, characteristics of their national institutional framework regarding the fight against terrorism, and selected elements of their specific counter-terrorism policies and policy implementations. These descriptions are based on desk research and brief interviews with government officials. An analytic framework was designed to guide the approach and the analysis as well as to put the results in perspective.

The quick scan should be regarded as ëproof of conceptí. For definitive analysis and comprehensive filling-out of the analytic framework, additional research is needed.

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