Taskforce on a Transatlantic Response to Illicit Finance

TARIF aims to strengthen global democracy by identifying viable ways in which the UK and US can combine efforts in tackling illicit finance.




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In both London and Washington, the focus on tackling illicit finance is intensifying. The Biden administration has identified the response to illicit finance, corruption and kleptocratic behaviour as a priority. And in the UK, the government’s Integrated Review promised to reinvigorate efforts to tackle illicit finance, noting that this was an area in which the UK could bolster its relationship with the US. But how these commitments will translate into action remains unclear.

In June 2021 RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies established a ‘Track 2’, non-government Taskforce on a Transatlantic Response to Illicit Finance (TARIF), to run for 12 months. It will provide much-needed and urgent input into the policy debate at this crucial time.

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Aims and objectives

A group of experts and practitioners from both sides of the Atlantic will examine the illicit finance threats affecting the UK and US and the broader international community, and will consider the tools and responses that a transatlantic partnership could facilitate. They will analyse a range of topics, including: the financial architecture of the UK and US and its impact on the international community; responses to the financial dimension of hostile state activity; improving collaboration with affected international partners; future illicit finance threats; and the role of FinTech and decentralised finance.

TARIF will synthesise findings into policy briefs and recommendations. RUSI will also produce a range of public events and multimedia activities to highlight key issues that complement the Taskforce’s goals. Ultimately, TARIF aims to identify new pathways for transatlantic collaboration in tackling global illicit finance, and therefore to strengthen democratic governance.

Resources on transatlantic illicit finance

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Project outputs


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Getting Serious? Illicit Finance Is Finally a UK Foreign Policy Issue

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Get Serious: Illicit Finance is a Threat to the US–UK Special Relationship

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Meeting One: Fixing the Home Base


TARIF Members' reactions From their first meeting: 'Fixing the Home Base'

Taskforce members*


Melissa Aten, Senior Program Officer, National Endowment for Democracy

Elise Bean

Former Staff Director & Chief Counsel US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

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Dr Katie Benson

Associate Fellow

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Oliver Bullough

Author and journalist

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Creon Butler

Director, Global Economy and Finance Programme, Chatham House

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Isabella Chase

Research Fellow

Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies

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Simon Clark

Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

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Alison Clew

Independent Director, Sigma Ratings; former global head of AML Compliance, Citigroup

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Liz David-Barrett, Director, Centre for the Study of Corruption, University of Sussex

Elaine Dezenski, Chief Growth Officer, Blank Slate Technologies and Senior Advisor, Center on Economic and Financial Power, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Gretta Fenner, Managing Director, Basel Institute on Governance

Suzannah Fitzgerald

ACC Coordinator, Transparency International

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Julia Friedlander

C. Boyden Gray Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Atlantic Council

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Lord Garnier QC

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Duncan Hames

Transparency International UK, Director of Policy

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Gary Kalman

Director of Transparency International's U.S. Office

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Olivia Kearney

Community Building Officer

Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies

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Tom Keatinge

Director, CFCS

Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies

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Nick Lewis OBE

MD Financial Crime Compliance, Standard Chartered Bank

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Paul Massaro

Policy Advisor, Helsinki Commission

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Nick J. Maxwell

Associate Fellow

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Casey Michel

Adjunct Fellow, Hudson Institute Kleptocracy Initiative

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Chip Poncy

Global Co-Head, K2 Integrity Financial Crimes Risk Management

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Alanna Putze

Programme Manager

Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies

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Ari Redbord

Head of Legal and Government Affairs, TRM Labs

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Matthew Redhead

Associate Fellow

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Gemma Rogers

Associate Fellow

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Denisse Rudich

Associate Fellow

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Josh Rudolph

Fellow for Malign Finance, Alliance for Securing Democracy, German Marshall Fund

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Moyara Ruehsen

Professor and Director, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Financial Crime Management Program

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Sarah Runge, Global Head of Regulatory Strategy, Credit Suisse

Nate Sibley, Hudson Institute, Research Fellow

Adam M. Smith, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP

Patricia Sullivan

Deutsche Bank, Head of Financial Crime Business Controls and Oversight

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Trevor Sutton, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Sam Tate, Partner, RPC LLP

Ben Trim, HSBC, Head of Group Financial Crime Public Policy

Dr Jodi Vittori

Associate Fellow

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Rob Wainwright

Senior Partner, Deloitte

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Josh White, Stripe, Global Sanctions Lead

Juan Zarate

Chairman, Centre on Economic and Financial Power, FDD; and Global Co-Managing Partner, K2 Integrity

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* This is not an all-inclusive list of taskforce members



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