The CT MORSE project was established in January 2015 in recognition of the growing importance placed on the EU’s engagement to counter terrorism. The specific objective of CT MORSE is to strengthen the global delivery, coordination and coherence among the various CT projects financed by the European Union, as well as to reinforce the EU engagement within the Global Counter Terrorism Forum framework.

In achieving its objective, the CT MORSE has five key result areas:

  1. Monitoring: The different components of the CT Programme are closely monitored.
  2. Coherence and Coordination: The coherence and coordination between the different components of the CT Programme is ensured, both within the programme itself and with respect to any other relevant initiative (EU or non EU).
  3. Recommendations to the EU: Opinions and recommendations are provided to the EU on needed and advisable adjustments to on-going projects and appropriate actions to be undertaken under future programming. Particular attention will be made to providing advice on human rights compliance.
  4. Expert analysis and awareness raising: Expert analytical advice is provided to the EU on reports delivered under the different components of the CT Programme as well as on current trends of terrorism phenomena in the concerned regions; an information gateway and regular update on national, regional and international initiatives/events/activities/projects planned or carried out in domains relevant to the Programme is provided to the EU.
  5. Visibility, liaison and information sharing: The visibility of the EU and of the CT Programme is increased within the EU, Member States, beneficiary countries, partner countries and organisations; regular liaison and information sharing with all the components of the Programme as well as with relevant stakeholders is ensured.

The project is implemented by a consortium of four of the leading independent institutes on transnational security:


The Institute for Security Studies is an African organisation which aims to enhance human security on the continent. It does independent and authoritative research, provides expert policy advice, and delivers practical training and technical assistance.

The ISS is the lead implementing agency for the project.


The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) is an independent think tank and knowledge hub that focuses on information creation, collation and dissemination pertaining to the preventative and international legal aspects of counter-terrorism.


The Global Center on Cooperative Security (GCCS) works with governments, international organizations, and civil society to develop and implement comprehensive and sustainable responses to complex international security challenges through collaborative policy research, context-sensitive programming, and capacity development.


The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime is a network of prominent law enforcement, governance and development practitioners who are dedicated to seeking new and innovative strategies to counter organized crime.