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ADVISORY: CAP to Host Conversation on Confronting Financing of Terrorism in Today’s Middle East
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ADVISORY: CAP to Host Conversation on Confronting Financing of Terrorism in Today’s Middle East

Washington, D.C. — In the years since 9/11, the United States has built effective tools to disrupt funding for Al Qaeda. More than a decade later, however, new threats have emerged in the Middle East that operate on different funding models. On Monday, November 2, the Center for American Progress will host a discussion of the new generation of terrorism finance with Juan Zarate, former deputy national security adviser for combating terrorism and the first assistant secretary of the treasury for terrorist financing and financial crimes.

U.S. policies to cut off funding to terrorist groups have been effective. But groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham that extract resources from the territories they control challenge the existing policy framework that focuses on safeguarding the formal international financial system. Meanwhile, Iran continues to destabilize the region through direct support to proxy groups such as Hezbollah. Although key U.S. partners in the region have taken action to crack down on terror financing, others have yet to take the necessary steps to counter terrorist fundraising within their own borders.

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Vikram Singh, Vice President, National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress

Opening remarks:
Juan Zarate, former Deputy National Security Adviser for Combating Terrorism; first Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes

William F. Wechsler, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism
Hardin Lang, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Celina B. Realuyo, Professor of Practice, William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, National Defense University

Other panelists to be announced.


Monday, November 2, 2015
10:00 a.m. ET – 11:30 a.m. ET


Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C., 20005

For more information on this topic or to speak with an expert, contact Tom Caiazza at [email protected] or 202.481.7141.