A Dangerous Nexus: Terrorism, Crime and Corruption
Testimony Before the Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing
Thank you for the opportunity to testify on the important issue of the dangerous nexus among terrorism, crime and corruption. I speak only for IBI Consultants and myself at this hearing, and not on behalf of the other institutions I am affiliated with.
While I and others, including my distinguished colleagues on this panel, have discussed the nexus between transnational organized crime and terrorist networks, the explicit role of corruption is often assumed but not explained or understood as an integral part of the threat.
I am going to focus my remarks on Latin America where we are seeing the convergence of these three factors in new and dangerous forms. The long-held assumption undergirding traditional analytical frameworks – that criminal networks seldom if ever overlap with terrorist groups – has been shown to overtaken by events in the past decade. However, the debate over whether such a nexus exits continues in the policy and intelligence communities.
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