Forgetting Food in Syria
The focus on cash and military equipment flows into Syria has neglected the role of food aid in sustaining the regime and the civil war
5 Oct 2015
Russia's War Plan in Syria
The third day of Russian air strikes in Syria finally offers some clarity about the possible war plan the Kremlin may have for its Syrian campaign.
2 Oct 2015
Cutting Red Tape: Striking the Balance between Regulatory Burden and Financial Integrity
The announced review of the UK’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist finance regime under the Cutting Red Tape programme sends mixed policy messages at a sensitive time. The focus on increasing supervisory effectiveness is the right one, but must be delicately balanced with the need to strengthen the UK’s illicit finance defences.
16 Sep 2015
RAF air strike on British citizen: A high risk strategy
Today the British Prime Minister controversially announced that two British citizens were killed in RAF drone strikes. The point is not so much that they were British but that he was targeted in an area that the UK does not currently regard, legally, as an operational theatre of war for UK forces.
7 Sep 2015
Trafficking Illegal Ivory in East Africa
Organised crime, rather than terrorism, is the greatest threat to elephants and other species in East Africa. Our primary focus should be on the organised crime groups and corrupt actors known to drive the vast ivory trade across the region.
7 Sep 2015
How Obama Beat Congress on Iran
Despite some vocal opposition, Barack Obama now has enough support in the US Senate to ensure the Iran nuclear deal is approved. Domestic manoeuvring and foreign interventions characterise the President's success.
2 Sep 2015
Terror on the Cheap: Financing Lone Actor and Small Cell Attacks
As recent reports highlight the increasing risk of Daesh-inspired lone actor or small cell homeland terrorist attacks, an urgent recalibration of terrorist-finance disruption efforts is required to include both funds flowing to Syria/Iraq and those raised to be used at home.
17 Aug 2015
Navigating Sanctions: HM Treasury Guides Half the Way
The UK Summer Budget provided more detail and commitment of HM Treasury’s plans to establish an Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation. It is a welcome initiative but needs to ensure both compliance and critically, facilitate continued trade, if it is to succeed.
30 Jul 2015
Anti-Money Laundering and its Challenges
International anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism finance (AML/CTF) standards are largely governed by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). FATF’s strength rests on its ability to demonstrate that its efforts are advancing global AML/CTF. But is FATF free from challenges to its own existence?
19 Aug 2015
Does Crime Still Pay?
The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) was brought in to galvanise law enforcement’s efforts to undermine the criminal business model and to remove one of the major drivers of organised and acquisitive crime – financial gain. Despite the recent legislative changes[i], has this initial policy aim been forgotten?
21 Jul 2015
Explaining UN 'Snapback' in the Iran Deal
Mechanisms for dispute resolution and sanctions ‘snap back’ will be amongst the most important of the new Iran deal. They are also the most difficult to understand, and contain potentially problematic areas of ambiguity.
16 Jul 2015
The Iran Deal: the 25-year Road from Vienna
The Iranian nuclear deal agreed in Vienna may be one of the most important post-Cold War diplomatic accords. But it is important to understand how it evolves over the coming decades.
16 Jul 2015
Serious and Organised Crime in the Digital Age
The National Strategic Assessment of Serious and Organised crime highlights the growing significance of technology in driving criminal innovation; however, as many police forces struggle to adapt to the digital age, this raises questions about the UK’s ability to tackle the evolving threat.
15 Jul 2015
Out of Line: The UK and US Response to Kidnap-For-Ransom
Until last week, the UK Government’s position on terrorist-related kidnap-for-ransom (KfR) mirrored that of the United States: no payments and no concessions. But the result of a six month White House review of US hostage response has created a dilemma for the Prime Minister.
6 Jul 2015
Should the UK bomb Daesh in Syria?
Britain’s Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is toying with the idea of asking parliament for permission to expand Britain’s campaign of airstrikes from Iraq into Syria. His impulse should be tempered with a sense of strategy.
3 Jul 2015
Why Europe, and Greece, may survive this crisis
There are no good choices with Greece: regardless of how the country votes in a referendum on Sunday, Greece will remain a constant problem in Europe. But far from threatening the stability of the continent, the Greek tragedy may reinforce some European principles.
2 Jul 2015