ASEM conference on counter-terrorism conference papers

On 10 and 11 June 2010, the 8th ASEM Conference on Counter-Terrorism was held in Brussels, Belgium. It was hosted by the Belgian Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs, with the support of the European Union, as part of the preparations for the ASEM 8 Summit on 4 and 5 October 2010.

Jean-Paul Laborde, Director of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF), opened the first session with an overview of the UN Global CT Strategy. The EU CT Coordinator, Gilles de Kerchove, gave hereafter an overview of EU counter- terrorism policies. Counter-Terrorism in Asia was discussed during the next session on the basis of substantial contributions by the three co-sponsors China, the Philippines and Viet Nam, as well as from India, the Republic of Korea and Japan. The functioning and operational value of the Belgian Coordination Unit for Threat Analysis (CUTA) were explained by its Director, André Vandoren. On the second day of the conference, ways and means to protect critical infrastructures and advance aviation security were discussed. These were introduced by respectively the European Commission and Viet Nam, the latter with the support of China.

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