EU Spotlights Saudi Arabia’s Money-Laundering Issues

Brussels is having second thoughts about embracing Saudi Arabia’s stature on the global stage, at least as far as the Kingdom’s money laundering protocols are concerned. The European Commission is poised to announce a “black list” of non-compliant countries. Saudi…

Bitcoin Abets Terrorism. Maybe.

Zoobia Shahnaz is a name that you may read about again. In December 2017, she was arrested in New York on a string of terrorist-finance charges. The federal indictment clarifies that she purchased Bitcoin with fraudulently obtained credit cards, wiring…

How Does North Korea Pay for Nuclear Weapons?

The answer is complex for such an isolated nation. Its GDP hovers near $40 billion, suggesting that Pyongyang barely has enough to pay for public health and education requirements, let alone an expansive nuclear weapons program. At one point, North…

Hotel Project May Abet Dark-Asset Flows

The Trump Organization faces a public-relations bombshell with its activities in Azerbaijan. Back in 2012, certain Baku-based glitterati were eager to brand their swank hotel with a stylish international name. Hilton or InterContinental may have sounded fusty, but Trump offered…

FinTech Meets Financial Crime

Investors eyeing fintech investments may want to redouble on financial-crime due diligence. The risk is that venture deals are debased by capricious regulation. Authorities may be too quick to jump to conclusions; venture capitalists may not be properly attuned to…

Sample Post Wild Animal Trade

Derailing financial flows that support terrorism is a common goal worldwide. How that is accomplished is an open debate. The problem is two-fold: amounts tend to be comparatively small and funds are often raised through apparently legitimate businesses. How do…

Sample Post Maritime Piracy

Derailing financial flows that support terrorism is a common goal worldwide. How that is accomplished is an open debate. The problem is two-fold: amounts tend to be comparatively small and funds are often raised through apparently legitimate businesses. How do…

Sample Post Industrial Espionage

Derailing financial flows that support terrorism is a common goal worldwide. How that is accomplished is an open debate. The problem is two-fold: amounts tend to be comparatively small and funds are often raised through apparently legitimate businesses. How do…

Sample Post Failed States

Derailing financial flows that support terrorism is a common goal worldwide. How that is accomplished is an open debate. The problem is two-fold: amounts tend to be comparatively small and funds are often raised through apparently legitimate businesses. How do…

Sample Post Drug Trafficking

Derailing financial flows that support terrorism is a common goal worldwide. How that is accomplished is an open debate. The problem is two-fold: amounts tend to be comparatively small and funds are often raised through apparently legitimate businesses. How do…