The Political Economy of Islamic Charities and Terrorist Financing
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A commonly held view of terrorist financing that has emerged since September 11, 2001, is that of a global formal and informal financial system that terrorists can manipulate with ease. Diverse and dispersed sources of funding and methods of transferring funds are exploited by equally decentralized and flexible terrorist networks that can easily shift from one means to another in response to efforts to thwart their activities. Terrorists are also believed to rely on a variety of increasingly self-contained mechanisms like independent criminal ventures, diversion of funds from charities, and licit business ventures.
Paper Prepared for the CENTRA Conference on Terrorism Financing Arlington, VA November 29, 2005