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Countering Terrorist Financing

The practitioner’s point of view

Edited By Mark Pieth, Daniel Thelesklaf and Radha Ivory

Terrorists need money to commit acts of violence and sustain their operations. Measures to combat terrorism therefore aim to prevent terrorists from raising, moving and using funds or other assets. The effectiveness – and the fairness – of these measures were considered at the second ‘Giessbach’ seminar on counter-terrorist financing (CTF) organised by the Basel Institute on Governance in October 2008.
This book contains essays presented at the seminar written by practitioners and academics with extensive experience in the field of CTF. The authors offer a diversity of views on the domestic, regional and international initiatives aimed at detecting terrorist funds in the financial system, preventing terrorists from moving their money via alternative financial channels and facilitating the recovery of terrorist assets. The editors conclude with in-sights into the ongoing challenge of making CTF measures both effective and legally sustainable in the lead-up to Giessbach III in December 2009.

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Acknowledgements xvii

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MARK PIETH / DANIEL THELESKLAF / RADHA IVORY Acknowledgements We would like to extend our warm thanks to the authors for their ex- pert contributions. Without their generous assistance, this book would not have been ready for the 17th Plenary of the Egmont Group in May 2009 in Doha, Qatar. The dedicated work of Nina Schild and Katrin Aegler from the Basel Institute on Governance was equally crucial to finalising this unique publication. We would also like to express our gratitude to the co-sponsors of the International Seminar on Combating Terrorist Financing in Davos, Switzerland, in October 2008 (Giessbach II). The seminar received important contributions from such organisations as the Council of Europe, the OSCE and the IMF, as well as significant financial sup- port of World-Check, Netbreeze, Cellent and IMPAQ. Further, the Basel Institute on Governance would not be able to oper- ate without funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Government of Liechtenstein and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). Mark Pieth Daniel Thelesklaf Radha Ivory Basel Institute on Governance

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