Risk and the war on terrorist finance


September 11 can be said to have forced a sea change in global financial regulation (Biersteker 2002). Prior to September 11, 2001, the Bush administration was reluctant to support new money laundering laws and to put political pressure on financial institutions. Now, the war on terrorist finance1 is a key component of the war on terror in general. The assumption that "stopping terrorism starts with stopping the money"2 is at the heart of the war on terrorist finance; it is thought that

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