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Lifeblood of Terrorism: Countering Terrorism Finance


Lifeblood of Terrorism: Countering Terrorism Finance

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing India
ISBN 978-93-84052-18-8

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About the Book

Terrorism finance has aptly been termed as the lifeblood of terrorism. Yet, this remains one of the most under researched facets of terrorism. This limitation is even more apparent in the Indian context, despite the fact that the country has faced the scrouge of terrorism and insurgency for over five decades. Lifeblood of Terrorism: Countering Terrorism Finance, is the first book on the subject in an Indian context. The book contextualises the concept of terrorism finance to local realities based on distinct peculiarities as related to India. It documents the sources, transfer mechanisms and employment of funds for supporting organisational structures and acts of terrorism. The book also analyses two case studies to highlight in detail the methods employed for external and internal funding. The challenges associated with terrorism finance are further related to contributing factors which have aggravated the threat.

A SWOT analysis of existing sources, challenges and approach to terrorism finance is employed to suggest a strategy for countering the financing of terrorism. The strategy recommends measures at the policy planning level to curb the threat at the source of terror funding, transfer stage and during distribution of finances. The book further suggests organisational changes to improve the approach to terrorism finance without undertaking major restructuring of the existing setup.

About the Author

Colonel Vivek Chadha (Retd), served in the army for over 22 years, before taking premature release to pursue research. He is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. He has written extensively on counterterrorism and counterinsurgency in the Indian context. His single author books on the subject of terrorism include, Low Intensity Conflicts in India – An Analysis and Company Commander in Low Intensity Conflicts. In addition, he has contributed a number of chapters in edited books, papers in journals and articles for newspapers. He is the co-editor of the annual Asian Strategic Review and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Defence Studies at IDSA.




Countering the Challenge

Relevance of Countering the Financing of Terrorism

Contextualising the Argument

Shaping the Approach


  1. Existing Assessment of the Sources and Linkages Between Terrorism Finance, Money Laundering and Crime

    Crime, Money Laundering and Terrorism Finance Nexus

  2. External Sources of Terrorism Finance

    NGO s, Charities and Donations
    Counterfeiting of Currency
    Narco Finance
    State Sponsorship
    Means of Transfer
    Case Study: Fake Indian Currency Notes
    Origin of Fake Indian Currency Notes
    Creation of a National Network
    Modus Operandi
    Routes Employed for Transfer of Fake Indian Currency Notes
    Implications of Conviction

  3. Internal Sources of Terrorism Finance

    Extortion and Taxation...
    Non-Governmental Organizations
    Designated Non Financial Businesses and Professions
    Means of Transfer
    Case Study of the United National Liberation Front

  4. Contributing Factors

    Identification and Evaluation of Threat
    Shortage of Manpower
    Forensic Training
    Prosecution and Conviction
    Speed of Trial

  5. Funding Patterns and Trends

    Generational Funding
    Diversity of Sources
    Narco Terrorism
    Trans Border Mobility

  6. SECTION II: International Guidelines and Case Studies

  7. International Guidelines for Countering the Financing of Terrorism

    UN Guidelines
    Financial Action Task Force
  8. Assessment of the US and EU CFT Initiatives

    US Strategy
    European Union Strategy
    Assessment of US the and European Union Models
  9. SECTION III: Strateg y for Countering the Financing of Terrorism

  10. Existing Countering the Financing of Terrorism Framework and Purpose of a Strategy

    Existing Framework
    Purpose of Strategy
    Long Term Vision
  11. Strategy for Countering the Financing of Terrorism
  12. External Sources

    Counterfeit Currency
    D rug Trafficking
    Non-Governmental Organizations/Charities
    State Funding
    Means of Transfer

  13. Internal Sources

    Charities and Non-Governmental Organizations
    Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions
    Means of Transfer

  14. Contributing Factors

    Identification and Evaluation of Threat
    Need for a Unified Mechanism
    Legislative Support
    International Co-operation
    Border Management
    Building Strength of Forces
    Freezing Financial Assets
    Private Sector
    Capacity Building and Training
    Prosecution and Speed of Trail

  15. Countering the Financing of Terrorism Organisation: Assessment and Options

    Countering the Financing of Terrorism Agencies
    Policy Agencies
    Criminal Justice and Operational Agencies
    Evaluation of the Organisational Structure


Annexure 1: SWOT Analysis
Annexure 2: Statement of Manjunath J.
Annexure 3: Seizures Made by DRI
Annexure 4: The FA TF Recommendations: February 2012


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