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Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies

An Initiative of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies

Exploring New Approaches to Tackling Financial Crime


The Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS) is a unique programme for the study of financial crime and security. The Centre aims to inform and transform the public/private sector approach to tackling the challenges of financial crime and threat finance.

Themes The Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies develops research around core themes across matters related to financial crime and threat finance. CFCS work is characterised by its constant emphasis on the risk-based approach to financial crime, public-private partnerships, information sharing and effectiveness.

CFCS Objectives l Conduct l l


world class research and analysis

Disseminate global best practice Help prioritise key research questions for government and academia Support greater collaboration between publicprivate sectors


Encourage interdisciplinary research


Promote public understanding

Research l Identifying

Foreign Terrorist Fighters: The Role of Public-Private Partnership, Information Sharing and Financial Intelligence

l The

Role of Finance in Defeating Al-Shabaab

l Islamic

State Financing


Evaluation: Assessing the UK’s AntiMoney Laundering Efforts

l The

Suspicious Activity Reports Regime: Information Sharing at the Heart of Tackling Financial Crime

l Serious

and Organised Crime in the Digital Age

l Navigating

Sanctions: HM Treasury’s Office for Financial Sanctions Implementation

l Anti-Money l Tackling

is Key

Laundering and its Challenges

Financial Crime: Information Sharing

To find out more and access our research, visit our website at

CFCS The 41st Recommendation

The 41st Recommendation is the Centre’s blog providing timely analysis on a range of relevant topics: Anti-Money Laundering Public-Private Partnerships

FATF Threat Finance SARs

Standards and Regulations

Information Sharing

Proliferation Finance

Financial Intelligence

Counter-terrorist Finance

The Team The Centre sits within RUSI’s National Security and Resilience (NSR) Group. Key team members are: Tom Keatinge, Director, CFCS l Dr Inês Sofia de Oliveira, Research Fellow, CFCS l David Artingstall, Associate Fellow, CFCS l Helena Wood, Associate Fellow, CFCS l Charlie Edwards, Director, NSR l Clare Ellis, Research Analyst, NSR l

CFCS The team responds to immediate news, challenges, projects and events of relevance to the CFCS’s wider objectives. It also has a set of defined research tasks, overseen by its Advisory Board, that address critical current challenges posed by financial crime and threat finance, particularly as they relate to the role of public/private partnership and information sharing.

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is an independent think tank engaged in cutting edge defence and security research. A unique institution, founded in 1831 by the Duke of Wellington, RUSI embodies nearly two centuries of forward thinking, free discussion and careful reflection on defence and security matters. In December 2014, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) launched a new research centre, the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS), to address the challenges and effects of financial crime and threat finance on the UK and international security. The CFCS will be a credible partner for those who want to contribute to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of current approaches to tackling financial crime and threat finance. The launch of this unique initiative adds to the growing focus RUSI has placed on the role finance plays in security, exhibited by the work with which the Institute is already engaged in the fields of the illicit trade in tobacco, alcohol and cigarettes, drug trafficking, the illegal wildlife trade, and human trafficking.



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