Cambridge, MA – Former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will join the Harvard Kennedy School as the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As Secretary of Defense, Carter, a physicist, became known for pushing the Pentagon to “think outside its five-sided box” in order to transform the way the military fought adversaries and strengthened alliances, managed its budget and talent, developed its technology, and more. He will now lead the Belfer Center’s programs and will focus his scholarship on the role of innovation and technology in addressing challenges at home and around the world.
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.
Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.