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Anthony Ruggiero

Senior Fellow

Biography:

Anthony spent more than 17 years in the U.S. government as an expert in the use of targeted financial measures. Most recently he was a Foreign Policy Fellow in the Office of Senator Marco Rubio where he drafted Iran-related legislation and was Senator Rubio’s senior advisor on issues related to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Anthony spent more than 17 years in the U.S. government as an expert in the use of targeted financial measures.  Most recently he was a Foreign Policy Fellow in the Office of Senator Marco Rubio where he drafted Iran-related legislation and was Senator Rubio’s senior advisor on issues related to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  As a result of his work at the Department of the Treasury and Department of State, Mr. Ruggiero is recognized as an expert in the use of targeted financial measures as a foreign policy tool and has extensive experience working on non-proliferation, North Korea, and Iran.

Anthony also served at the U.S. Department of the Treasury first as the Deputy Director and then as the Director of the Office of Global Affairs (OGA) in the Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes.  In this capacity, he developed and implemented policy options to combat all forms of illicit finance, including terrorist financing and proliferation finance, kidnapping for ransom, money laundering, narco-trafficking, and transnational organized crime.  Anthony supervised the Asia and Africa division of OGA concurrent with his responsibilities as Deputy Director. 

Prior to joining Treasury, Anthony spent over 13 years in various capacities at the U.S. Department of State, including as Chief of the Defensive Measures and WMD Finance Team where he developed, coordinated and implemented policies on counter-proliferation and weapons of mass destruction financing with regard to Iran and North Korea.  Anthony was the Non-Proliferation Advisor to the U.S. delegation to the 2005 rounds of the Six-Party Talks in Beijing on North Korea’s nuclear program and participated in U.S.-North Korea meetings following the identification of Macau-based Banco Delta Asia as a primary money laundering concern.  Anthony also was an intelligence analyst covering the DPRK nuclear and missile programs and proliferation activities.

Anthony received a M.S in National Security Strategy from the National War College; a M.P.I.A. (International Affairs concentration) from the University of Pittsburgh GSPIA; and a B.A. in Political Science from Duquesne University.

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Treasury Targets North Korea’s Human Rights Abusers

12th January 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Treasury Targets North Korea’s Human Rights Abusers

Anthony Ruggiero

The U.S. Department of the Treasury yesterday designated seven North Korean individuals and blocked two entities of the regime in response to North Korea’s human rights abuses and censorship activities. The State Department complemented the action with its Report on Human Rights Abuses and Censorship in North Korea. more...

Analysis & Commentary

12th January 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Treasury Targets North Korea’s Human Rights Abusers

Anthony Ruggiero

The U.S. Department of the Treasury yesterday designated seven North Korean individuals and blocked two entities of the regime in response to North Korea’s human rights abuses and censorship activities. The State Department complemented the action with its Report on Human Rights Abuses and Censorship in North Korea. more...

3rd January 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

North Korea’s New Year’s Message

Anthony Ruggiero

The year 2017 started with new threats from North Korea. In his New Year’s Day address, North Korean leader Kim Jung Un noted that preparations for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test had reached the final stage. more...