After a pitched battle lasting more than nine months to wrest control of Mosul from ISIS, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi recently declared “total victory.” The media immediately reminded us of President George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech on an aircraft carrier in May 2003, where he hailed the end of battlefield operations in Iraq, claiming…
Some methods for countering the financing of terrorism (CFT) are missing the mark and in certain cases doing more harm than good, including by hampering efforts to prevent violent extremism (PVE). Not only have most of the recent terror attacks been executed for little or no cost, when money is required terrorists seek ways to access funds outside the confines of the regulated global financial system. At the same time, in many countries disproportionate CFT measures are applied in the name of countering terrorism.
First published in the autumn of 1988, Inforum was the Fourth Freedom Forum’s newsletter, circulated by regular mail two or three times a year. We have decided to bring it up to date and give it a new lease on life in cyberspace as a blog entitled Inforum online.