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START team offers counterterrorism training to Albanian officials


START team offers counterterrorism training to Albanian officials

December 14, 2018Brandi Goff

William Braniff and Barnett Koven traveled to Tirana, Albania, this week to teach an Executive Forum on foreign terrorist fighters for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Antiterrorism Assistance program.

Rooted in START research and focused on governmental approaches for disrupting the foreign terrorist fighter lifecycle and responding to a threat, this training is geared towards sharing best practices and lessons learned from the international community and the U.S. Department of State with senior leadership from the criminal justice community within Albania.

In consultation with field experts, START's training team developed the rigorous curricula on which the training is based. 

In August 2018, START researchers provided a one-day training event to members of the Albanian CVE Coordination Center during a Department of State sponsored visit to the United States, organized by Meridian International and funded through the U.S. Embassy in Tirana. Upon learning that START researchers would be in Albania, the CVE Coordination Center extended an invitation to the START employees to meet the CVE Coordination Center director.

To learn more about START training opportunities or arrange for a training session for your team, visit www.start.umd.edu/training or contact training-start@umd.edu