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Richard Barrett and Tom Parker
Manfred Nowak and Anne Charbord
Through resolution 2178 (2014) the Security Council imposed a number of binding measures to be taken by all UN Member States to counter the threat of ‘foreign terrorist fighters’. While the resolution repeats some familiar mistakes of the post-9/11 Security Council action notably in its introduction of a legally problematic definition of ‘foreign terrorist fighters’, the resolution also shows some signs that the Security Council may have learnt, at least in part, that the complete disregard of human rights is not always helpful from a security perspective. Further, the resolution is significantly new in its focus on countering violent extremism to prevent terrorism. While important risks remain in its implementation, resolution 2178 reflects the hope that a more preventive long-term approach may also be entering the Security Council agenda, in which human rights promotion and protection are seen as a vehicle to prevent and counter terrorism.