Financing Terrorism: Examining State Sponsors, Narcoterrorism and Charities
Though the events of September 11, 2001 brought terrorism and political violence to the forefront of American politics and security concerns, efforts to control modern terrorist organizations have been a major issue on the global stage since the early 1950s. One of the key elements in designing a successful counterterrorism strategy is to deny material support to terrorist organizations by disabling any means of financial or strategic support. Three of the most common sources of financing for terrorist organizations are state sponsors, narcotics traffickers (known as narcoterrorists) and charities. This study examines Islamic terrorist organizations that receive part or all of their financing from these sources, as well as governmental and intergovernmental efforts to reduce these sources of financing. Despite the efforts of governments to reduce financing, terrorist organizations continue to find support in the form of charities, narcoterrorism, and state-sponsors. By examining the sources of financing for terrorist organizations, this thesis reveals a deeper understanding of the sources of financing for terrorist activities and also provides insights to help create more effective counterterrorism programs.
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Sadri, Houman A.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Sciences
Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences; Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Terrorism -- Economic aspects; Terrorism -- Finance
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Loch, Ericha, "Financing Terrorism: Examining State Sponsors, Narcoterrorism and Charities" (2006). HIM 1990-2015. 592.