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Examining and finding ways to disrupt the illicit financial activities of proliferators such as North Korea.

The project brings together the Institute’s Proliferation and Nuclear Policy team and Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies in order to identify challenges to national and international obligations to counter proliferation finance and propose practical solutions to effectively implement sanctions.  

Proliferation financing has emerged as a matter of growing concern over the past decade. As a result, a number of tools have been designed to disrupt the underlying financial services that enable proliferators and their facilitators to procure, ship, and receive illicit goods. Their effectiveness, however, hinges on close cooperation between government stakeholders and the private sector.

Through its activities, the Countering Proliferation Finance project at RUSI seeks to both facilitate such cooperation and advance collective thinking in this area. 

RUSI has produced a number of landmark publications on proliferation finance with relevance for both financial institutions and government stakeholders. 

Recent work

  • Conducted workshops and works closely with governments, industry associations and the private sector in Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia to strengthen efforts to counter proliferation finance.


Wojciech Pawlus
Counter-Proliferation Coordinator
Emil Dall
Research Fellow, Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies
Tom Keatinge
Director, Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, RUSI
Darya Dolzikova​
Research Analyst