The Strengthening Strategies on Emerging Terrorist Threats Program aims to strengthen the capacity of Member States to better prepare to respond, in a coordinated manner, to potential terrorist threats.
This program is implemented primarily through a series of “table top” (simulation) exercises for senior decision-makers of Member States to highlight specific issues of contingency planning and threat mitigation. Engaging with counter terrorism experts, participants play through a terrorism scenario designed with the particularities of a state or group of states in mind. Each scenario highlights a specific potential terrorist threat and challenges the participants to devise real time responses to the problems presented to them. A post-simulation discussion provides decision-makers with professional critiques to assist them in improving their national contingency planning and coordination.