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Countering terrorist financing: successes and setbacks in the years since 9/11
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2010 (English)In: Counterterrorism Center Sentinel, Vol. 3, no 7, 18-20 p.Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [en]

Following the 9/11 attacks, efforts to counter the financing of terrorism (CFT) became a centerpiece of counterterrorism policy in the United States and in several European countries. These efforts have spanned a broad range of policy tools. New organizational units have been created, intelligence gathering platforms invented, substantial diplomatic pressure exerted against “passive state sponsors of terrorism” and multi- agency analytical units have become an integral part of U.S. counterinsurgency efforts. Yet in spite of the extensive intelligence assets and research efforts poured into understanding the field during the past decade, practitioners and academics remain deeply divided over the effectiveness of these efforts.

This article presents some measures of the effectiveness of CFT efforts and criticisms from scholars regarding negative side effects of these policies. It then explains why terrorism financing has proven challenging to prove in court, outlines some alternative responses from intelligence agencies and concludes by suggesting complementary indicators by which to judge the effectiveness of CFT efforts.

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West Point: Department of Social Sciences, United States Military Academy , 2010. Vol. 3, no 7, 18-20 p.
Keyword [en]
counterterrorism, EU, USA, effectiveness, personal integrity
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-139848OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-139848DiVA: diva2:382233
Available from: 2010-12-30 Created: 2010-12-30 Last updated: 2011-01-03Bibliographically approved

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