Sanctions and Illicit Finance in Taliban Afghanistan

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RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS) invites you to a discussion on the current illicit financial landscape in Afghanistan and the impact of sanctions on the country. 

Joining our expert panel are: 

  • Jessica Davis, CFCS Associate Fellow, President Insight Threat Intelligence 
  • Alex Zerden, Founder and Principal, Capitol Peak Strategies, and Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS)
  • Arian Sharifi, Lecturer at the School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University 

The discussion will be moderated by Gonzalo Saiz, CFCS Research Analyst at RUSI Europe. 

The Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan in August 2021 raised a dilemma for the international community’s attempt to balance sanctions with humanitarian needs. The longstanding international sanctions imposed on the Taliban now impact the entire Afghan population, as well as weakening the capabilities of NGOs to deliver humanitarian assistance. Foreign governments now face greater challenges in disrupting the complex array of illicit actors and activities in the country. To bring clarity to this intricate topic, CFCS has gathered leading expert voices to assess the current situation and discuss opportunities and recommendations for the international community. 

How to attend

To take part you must pre-register no later than 25 January using the ‘Register Now’ button above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

If you have any questions, please email Danielle Prieto, Events Manager, at

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