Terrorism financing: Crypto-Taliban?

Wolf, Siegfried O.

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The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Week in June 2021 focused on the financing of Islamist terror groups. The meeting zeroed in on the ‘misuse of digital space for terrorist financing purposes’. As noted in a statement following the meeting, ‘it was recognized that the pandemic enhanced opportunities for terrorist groups particularly to raise funds through online sources. The pandemic also impacted on the implementation of CFT [Countering the Financing of Terrorism] legislation and responses, particularly regarding the adoption of a regulatory framework to address the vulnerabilities of the virtual assets for terrorist financing purposes.’ Numerous speakers pointed out that the ‘digital space was a quickly evolving area and that terrorist groups acquired highly-specialized expertise in using all opportunities offered to raise and transfer funds through virtual assets platforms and well as to obfuscate the traceability of these transactions through complex blockchain mechanisms’. The event, organised by the Counter Terrorism Committee of the United Nations Security Council, reflects heightened concerns. Due to the increased scrutiny on the traditional, formal financial sector, some are concerned that terrorists might ‘seek more secretive mechanisms for financing their activities’. […]

Document type: Article
Publisher: South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF)
Place of Publication: Brussels
Date: 2021
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2021 10:14
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Political science
Controlled Keywords: Vereinte Nationen, Internationaler Terrorismus, Finanzierung, Islam, Fundamentalismus
Uncontrolled Keywords: UN, Terrorismus, Islam, Finanzierung, digitaler Raum, Digitalisierung, Geldwäsche, Kontrollinstanzen / UN, terrorism, Islam, financing, digital space, digitalization, money laundering, control bodies
Subject (classification): Politics
Countries/Regions: other countries
Series: Themen > SADF Comment
Volume: 217
Additional Information: DOI: 10.48251/SADF.ISSN.2406-5617.C217 (der Erstausagbe)