As stated in President Obamaís National Counterterrorism Strategy, the U.S. is committed to strengthening the global counterterrorism (CT) architecture in a manner that complements and reinforces the CT work of existing multilateral bodies. The Administrationís signature initiative in this area is the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), which is intended to ensure the necessary international architecture is in place to address 21st century challenges.
The U.S. proposed the creation of the GCTF to address the evolving terrorist threat in a way that would bring enduring benefits by helping frontline countries and affected regions acquire the means to deal with threats they face. It is based on a recognition that the U.S. alone cannot eliminate every terrorist or terrorist organization. Rather, the international community must come together to assist countries as they work to confront the terrorist threat.
Who: The 30 founding members of the GCTF are: Algeria
, Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt
, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan
, Morocco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria
, Pakistan, Qatar
, Russia, Saudi Arabia
, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey
, the United Arab Emirates
, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Structure: The GCTF will consist of a strategic-level Coordinating Committee, co-chaired initially by the United States and Turkey
; five thematic and regional expert-driven working groups; and a small administrative unit that the U.S. will host for the first few years.