Finance and Terrorism

First StepsMeasures to combat the financing of terrorism have been a key element of the ‘war on terror’ since the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States.  Many countries and international organizations have taken significant steps (largely as a result of US-led efforts and pressure) and devoted large financial sums to stop the supply and fraudulent acquisition of funds by individuals and organizations for terrorist activity.  For example, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an inter-governmental body which was created in 1989 to combat money laundering, extended its mission in October 2001 to include the fight against terrorism financing.  The first financial intelligence units (FIUs), whose roles as national agencies are to analyze and share information about suspicious transactions, were established in the early 1990s and their numbers have increased significantly since then. Several countries have also reformed their anti-money laundering (AML) and…

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Yiagadeesen Samy

I am an Associate Professor of International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. I was born and grew up in Mauritius, and came to...