Where the Money Is

An Interview with Juan Zarate

Illicit finance is the lifeblood of many groups and organizations acting directly to the interests of global security. From the high-rises of Moscow to the corridors of power in Tehran to the expanses of Sinaloa, rogue actors use a complex set of tools, legal and illegal, in their efforts to conceal capital flows and commercial transactions. Here, Juan Zarate, a former assistant Treasury Secretary and deputy national security advisor with a special focus on combating illicit finance, unpacks this complex issue — and the knot of risks that surround it.

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