Countering the Financing of Terrorism

Disrupting and preventing terrorist individuals and organizations from raising, moving, storing, and using funds is a critical pillar of counterterrorism efforts. Terrorism remains a significant global threat, which evolves and manifests differently across regions, and efforts to counter terrorism are critical. Global measures countering the financing of terrorism have evolved with changes in the terrorism landscape, including the rise of small cells or lone terrorist operatives conducting inexpensive and often self-financed attacks, as well as continued self-financing through exploitation and extortion of populations, businesses and resources in areas controlled by terrorist entities.

Along with relevant GCTF resources, the partner resources highlighted here can contribute to countering the financing of terrorism and violent extremism conducive to terrorism.

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Understanding how the finances connected to these extremists are raised, used, moved, and stored is vitally important to designing strategies to prevent and counter extremist violence, no matter the ideological, religious, idiosyncratic, racial, or ethnic motivations. This brief examines the online financing and support systems associated with U.S. anti-authority and racially or ethnically motivated (AAREM) violent extremists.

This typology report, produced in partnership between the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) and the Global Center on Cooperative Security, seeks to examine what is known and unknown regarding the financial profiles of FTFs connected to Southeast Asia and to explore the collection and utilization of financial intelligence related to FTFs in the region. In providing updated data, the report considers what has been learned about the financial patterns and profiles of FTFs since the initial wave of recruitment in the mid-2010s and how that learning can be applied to combat the ongoing challenge of FTFs returning or relocating to Southeast Asia.

Within the realm of policy discussions, anti–money laundering (AML) and countering the financing of terrorism (CFT) efforts are generally treated as a package deal. This brief examines where and how AML frameworks are fit for purpose relative to CFT and considers where additional CFT-specific efforts are necessary.

This brief explores the drivers of radicalization to and engagement in violent extremism and the factors of disengagement and desistance among women and girls by examining data generated through the United Kingdom’s Channel program

Recalling the real spirit of Resolution 1325 (2000), which reminded the global community that women’s leadership is an untapped resource for peace, and that injustices and inequalities embedded in gender relations are a long-term threat to development and stability, strategies to counter violent extremism must promote women’s participation, leadership, and empowerment. This volume, compiled by Hedayah and the Global Center on Cooperative Security, offers the reader a unique vantage point into this emerging topic.