Abigail Reese (JD/IR ’15) – UN Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate

The following entry was drafted by Ms. Abigail Reese a dual-degree JD and MAIR student.

The United Nations Counterterrorism Committee was established by the UN Security Council
United Nations Security Council Chamber. Photo Source: Wikipedia

“I spent my summer working in NYC for the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). CTED was established by Security Council Resolution 1535 (2004), and its purpose is to assist the work of the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) and coordinate the process of monitoring the implementation of resolution 1373 (2001). Resolution 1373 requested countries to implement a number of measures intended to enhance their legal and institutional ability to counter terrorist activities.”

As an intern, I worked on a number of counter-terrorism related assignments. For instance, I assessed and analyzed the counter-terrorism strategies of the Member States, determined trends, and prepared a presentation on the findings. I also created a framework for how states can begin or continue with creating a comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy. I researched states’ legal systems, governmental structures, security measures, and willingness to cooperate regionally and internationally. I then assessed how those things impact states’ ability to counter terrorism. I composed country background informational documents to prepare staff for country assessment visits. Additionally, I had the opportunity to attend CTC, Security Council, and General Assembly meetings.

My work at CTED allowed me to continue to develop my research, analysis, and writing skills. It also allowed me to gain a better understanding as to how the United Nations works. In the future, I intend to do legal work in the fields of national security and counter-terrorism. My work at CTED made me more knowledgeable as to how states work at both a national and international level. I believe this insight will be beneficial for my future career endeavors.”