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Juan Zarate

Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance - Chairman and Senior Counselor

Areas of Impact:

Cyber and FinTech

Biography:

Juan Zarate serves as Chairman and Senior Counselor of the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF) at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and Chairman and Co-Founder of the Financial Integrity Network. He is also Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Senior National Security Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and Visiting Lecturer of Law at the Harvard Law School.

Mr. Zarate served as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism from 2005 to 2009, and was responsible for developing and implementing all aspects of the U.S. government’s counterterrorism strategy, including countering violent extremism and weapons of mass destruction. In this role, he was also responsible for U.S. strategy to address transnational threats, including international organized crime, hostage policy, and critical energy-infrastructure protection.

He was the first-ever Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, where he led domestic and international efforts to counter terrorist financing, the strategic use of financial power against America's enemies, and the global hunt for Saddam Hussein’s assets. He is also a former federal prosecutor who served on terrorism-prosecution teams prior to 9/11, including the investigation of the USS Cole attack in Yemen.

Mr. Zarate sits on several boards, including those of the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) and HSBC’s Financial Systems Vulnerabilities Committee, as well as the Coinbase Board of Advisors, the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority (AIF), and the George Washington University's Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.

He is author of Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare (2013), Forging Democracy (1994), and a variety of articles in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, the Washington Quarterly, and other publications.

Mr. Zarate is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and a former Rotary International Fellow at the University of Salamanca in Spain.

Juan Zarate serves as Chairman and Senior Counselor of the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF) at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and Chairman and Co-Founder of the Financial Integrity Network. He is also Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Senior National Security Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and Visiting Lecturer of Law at the Harvard Law School.

Mr. Zarate served as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism from 2005 to 2009, and was responsible for developing and implementing all aspects of the U.S. government’s counterterrorism strategy, including countering violent extremism and weapons of mass destruction. In this role, he was also responsible for U.S. strategy to address transnational threats, including international organized crime, hostage policy, and critical energy-infrastructure protection.

He was the first-ever Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, where he led domestic and international efforts to counter terrorist financing, the strategic use of financial power against America's enemies, and the global hunt for Saddam Hussein’s assets. He is also a former federal prosecutor who served on terrorism-prosecution teams prior to 9/11, including the investigation of the USS Cole attack in Yemen.

Mr. Zarate sits on several boards, including those of the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) and HSBC’s Financial Systems Vulnerabilities Committee, as well as the Coinbase Board of Advisors, the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority (AIF), and the George Washington University's Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.

He is author of Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare (2013), Forging Democracy (1994), and a variety of articles in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, the Washington Quarterly, and other publications.

Mr. Zarate is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and a former Rotary International Fellow at the University of Salamanca in Spain.

21st December 2017 – Quoted by Curt Mills - The National Interest

Steve Bannon Declares War On Susan Thornton

Juan Zarate

After Roy Moore’s loss in Alabama last week, Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s sometime consigliere and Breitbart News chief, is showing no signs of going quietly into that good night, despite the torrent of Schadenfreude evinced by his political opponents. more...

Analysis & Commentary

13th March 2018 – Quoted by VOA Afrique

Mike Pompeo, de la CIA à secrétaire d’Etat

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Juan Zarate

Le président américain a mis fin à plusieurs mois d'incertitudes en annonçant sur Twitter le remplacement de Rex Tillerson, l'ancien patron du géant pétrolier Exxonmobil, par l'actuel patron de la CIA. more...

13th March 2018 – Quoted by Curt Mills - The National Interest

Rising Star Pompeo Defrocks Tillerson as Secretary of State

Juan Zarate

Something remarkable can be said of Tuesday morning’s news that Rex Tillerson has finally been ousted as secretary of State in favor of Mike Pompeo: it didn’t leak ahead of time. more...

21st December 2017 – Quoted by Curt Mills - The National Interest

Steve Bannon Declares War On Susan Thornton

Juan Zarate

After Roy Moore’s loss in Alabama last week, Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s sometime consigliere and Breitbart News chief, is showing no signs of going quietly into that good night, despite the torrent of Schadenfreude evinced by his political opponents. more...

20th October 2017 – Quoted by Curt Mills - The National Interest

In the Hawks’ Den, McMaster and Pompeo given a Hero’s Welcome

Juan Zarate

“I love FDD,” declared H. R. McMaster, national security advisor, in opening remarks Thursday at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies security summit at the St. Regis, blocks from the White House. Following the president’s decision to decline to certify the Iran nuclear deal last week—a move FDD pushed hard for, both internally with the administration and externally with the press—the mood at the conference was ebullient. more...