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24 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 309 (2017)


Thousands of foreign terrorist fighters poured into the Middle East from almost every country across the globe. Radicalized by professionally edited videos and propaganda disseminated through the Internet, people from all walks of life were captivated by the Islamic State's rhetoric, and nations were struggling to figure out how to stop them. One solution came in the form of a United Nations Security Council Resolution- Resolution 2178 (2014). This resolution is directed specifically at foreign terrorist fighters and calls upon all Member States to act with haste to address this new phenomenon. Critics were quick to call into question the language of Resolution 2178, however, with some claiming that it had the potential to give credibility to disastrous human rights violations by oppressive governments. This note examines those critiques and suggests that the actual problems of Resolution 2178 lie not in its potential for abuse but in the failure of states to implement its dictates-stemming from a lack of both political will and capability. As a potential solution, this note suggests that states should focus their efforts on one specific directive of Resolution 2178, countering and preventing violent extremism.