Lost in the furor over what Moscow did or did not do, and what effects it did or did not have, is the broader question of what this incident says about Russian intentions and aims. Just how unusual was it for great powers to interfere in a democracy’s electoral processes, and just how outraged should Americans be by the alleged activities?
Following the money, disrupting financial flows, and undermining terrorist groups' financial bases are all key elements of current global counter-terrorism efforts. Counter-terrorism financing (CTF) initiatives are part of a complex international regime, comprising UN instruments, UN counter-terrorism bodies, and ad hoc global and regional non-governmental institutions, such as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
Does this system work? How and why? This seminar will examine the state of the regime, its specific compliance-inducing mechanisms, and states' responses to its provisions. The seminar will argue that the regime's relative success is a function of its socialization practices put in the service of a particular pedagogic project. This project is characterized by an elaborate model of standard setting, norm projection, and rule enforcement that has enabled a heterogeneous audience of state and non-state actors to converge around a particular—albeit not uncontested—set of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing recommendations.
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