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Gretchen Peters

CSIF Board of Advisors

Biography:

Gretchen Peters serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Ms. Peters is the Senior Fellow on Transnational Crime at the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center at George Mason University, School of Public Policy. She supports governments, NGOs and private firms to find solutions to complex, transnational organized crime problems. Ms. Peters works at Giant Oak supporting projects to fight wildlife crime in Africa. She also co-chairs an OECD Task Force working to improve policy approaches to fight the trafficking of wildlife and other environmentally sensitive goods.

Ms. Peters is the author of Seeds of Terror, a ground-breaking book that traced the role the opium trade has played in three decades of conflict in Afghanistan. She later authored a policy report on the Afghan opium trade for the U.S. Institute of Peace, and has written a paper about Haqqani network financing with West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center.

She has supported U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counter Narcotics and Global Threats in understanding and analyzing the links between conflict and organized crime.

Ms. Peters has testified before the U.S. Congress about the Haqqani network and is a frequent commentator on television and radio. She has done presentations on her work for the Pentagon, the State Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, Special Operations Command, the Navy Seals, more than a dozen think tanks and universities, and for thousands of U.S. servicemen and women deploying to Afghanistan.

She holds a Masters’ Degree in International Relations from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, where she was awarded the Sié Chéou-Kang security and diplomacy fellowship and the Association of Former Intelligence Officers Life’s Choices Foundation Scholarship to examine illicit networks and transnational organized crime.

Previously, Ms. Peters worked as a foreign correspondent, covering Pakistan and Afghanistan for more than a decade. She was nominated for an Emmy for her coverage of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and won the SAJA Journalism Award for a 2010 segment on the former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf.

Gretchen Peters serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Ms. Peters is the Senior Fellow on Transnational Crime at the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center at George Mason University, School of Public Policy. She supports governments, NGOs and private firms to find solutions to complex, transnational organized crime problems. Ms. Peters works at Giant Oak supporting projects to fight wildlife crime in Africa. She also co-chairs an OECD Task Force working to improve policy approaches to fight the trafficking of wildlife and other environmentally sensitive goods.

Ms. Peters is the author of Seeds of Terror, a ground-breaking book that traced the role the opium trade has played in three decades of conflict in Afghanistan. She later authored a policy report on the Afghan opium trade for the U.S. Institute of Peace, and has written a paper about Haqqani network financing with West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center.

She has supported U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counter Narcotics and Global Threats in understanding and analyzing the links between conflict and organized crime.

Ms. Peters has testified before the U.S. Congress about the Haqqani network and is a frequent commentator on television and radio. She has done presentations on her work for the Pentagon, the State Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, Special Operations Command, the Navy Seals, more than a dozen think tanks and universities, and for thousands of U.S. servicemen and women deploying to Afghanistan.

She holds a Masters’ Degree in International Relations from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, where she was awarded the Sié Chéou-Kang security and diplomacy fellowship and the Association of Former Intelligence Officers Life’s Choices Foundation Scholarship to examine illicit networks and transnational organized crime.

Previously, Ms. Peters worked as a foreign correspondent, covering Pakistan and Afghanistan for more than a decade. She was nominated for an Emmy for her coverage of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and won the SAJA Journalism Award for a 2010 segment on the former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf.

How Financial Power Can Be Used To Save Iconic Species From Extinction

22nd April 2015 – Business Insider

How Financial Power Can Be Used To Save Iconic Species From Extinction

Juan Zarate, Gretchen Peters

On Earth Day 2015, prospects for many of the planet’s most iconic species look bleak. Unless poaching rates decline across Africa, the rhino and elephant will be extinct within a decade. The world has lost 97% of its tigers in the last 50 years, and the great apes are on pace to disappear within a generation. more...

Analysis & Commentary

22nd April 2015 – Business Insider

How Financial Power Can Be Used To Save Iconic Species From Extinction

Juan Zarate, Gretchen Peters

On Earth Day 2015, prospects for many of the planet’s most iconic species look bleak. Unless poaching rates decline across Africa, the rhino and elephant will be extinct within a decade. The world has lost 97% of its tigers in the last 50 years, and the great apes are on pace to disappear within a generation. more...