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Financial Crime Insights is a podcast from RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS).

Financial Crime Insights is a podcast from RUSI's Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS). The episodes in this series are based on past CFCS events with top thinkers on topics that remain relevant in the world of financial crime. Episodes include varied speakers - policymakers, journalists, academics and practitioners - who share their knowledge and ideas on current policy challenges, global trends and possible opportunities for reform.

Episode Six: FATF’s Strategic Review

The Financial Action Task Force has undoubtedly raised financial crime compliance standards around the world, but money laundering remains a present and growing issue.

CFCS’s Isabella Chase is joined by FATF Executive Secretary David Lewis, AML Consultant Richard Chalmers, Giles Thomson, the Deputy Director of HM Treasury’s Sanctions and Illicit Finance Team, CFCS Associate Fellow Matthew Redhead, and Northumbria University’s Professor Jackie Harvey, to consider the implications of, and way forward with, FATF’s planned Strategic Review.

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Episode Five: New Technologies, Old Methods in Terrorism Financing

Terrorists of all types exploit technology to raise, use and move funds. CFCS’s Stephen Reimer speaks with security consultant and former Canadian intelligence analyst Jessica Davis about terrorists’ new–and often surprising–financing tactics and why financial intelligence is of vital importance.

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Episode Four: Corruption and Finance in the UK

The UK regularly finds itself at the centre of money laundering and corruption scandals. But how dire is the situation, really, and is there any hope for change? Author Oliver Bullough does a reality check with Rachel Davies Teka of Transparency International UK, Phil Mason, formerly with DFID’s anti-corruption unit, Professor Elizabeth David-Barret, University of Sussex, and CFCS's Tom Keatinge.

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Episode Three: Dark Money and Democracy

Has foreign ‘dark money’ undermined democracy as we know it? And can a solution lie in a smarter understanding of financial flows? Tom Keatinge is joined by analyst Edward Lucas, Gemma Rogers of Fintrail and Josh Rudolph of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. This episode forms part of a series that examines the impact of the 2020 US elections on global illicit finance.

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Episode Two: What’s in Store for Sanctions?

No matter who wins, the US sanctions strategy is sure to be impacted by the upcoming election. How will the results affect Washington’s current favoured foreign policy tool? Emil Dall speaks with Elizabeth Rosenberg of the Center for New American Security, Nicholas Turner of Steptoe & Johnson Hong Kong and Sascha Lohmann of the SWP (German Institute for International and Security Affairs.)

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Episode One: Kleptocracy and the US Elections

Much is at stake for the global fight against kleptocracy in 2020 and beyond. Hear why the US election results could be a turning point with former government lawyer Elise Bean, author Ben Judah, Alexandra Wrage of TRACE and CFCS’s Anton Moiseienko.

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Podcast trailer

Alanna Putze talks to CFCS colleagues Isabella Chase and Tom Keatinge about the thinking behind this podcast and what listeners can expect – from the speakers, topics and ideas in the world of financial crime that will be covered in the episodes.

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Alanna Putze
Programme Manager