Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

The UK's Counterterrorism Strategy and the Challenge of Implementation

30 January 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Chatham House, London


Richard Forsyth, CGS Visiting Fellow, International Security, Chatham House
Chair: James de Waal, Senior Fellow, International Security, Chatham House



Terrorism is a persistent threat to UK security.  Like many other challenges facing the UK, developing a coherent and effective strategy requires an increasingly cross-Whitehall approach. The UK’s Counterterrorism strategy (CONTEST) tries to do just that but putting CONTEST into practice has proven difficult to do. This is due to the lack of effective communication and understanding surrounding it and the sub-optimal Whitehall structures and processes, which contribute to the lack of a clear and effective strategic management approach to CONTEST.

At this event, participants will consider some of the lessons and recommendations identified from an analysis of the implementation of CONTEST as a strategy, which may inform its future management while seeking to address some of the challenges surrounding implementation.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.  

The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.