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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.

Designing a New Anti-Money Laundering System

29th September 2016 – FDD Research Memo

Designing a New Anti-Money Laundering System

Chip Poncy, Juan Zarate

Over the past 15 years, concerns over the dangerous and corrosive impact of illicit financing have shaped core national security strategies and underscored the importance of defending the integrity of the financial system. more...

Analysis & Commentary

6th October 2016 – FDD Event

Transcript of The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and Secret Deals That Reshaped the Middle East

Juan Zarate, Mark Dubowitz

Transcript of the discussion to mark the release of The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals That Reshaped the Middle East by Jay Solomon, chief foreign affairs correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. more...

29th September 2016 – FDD Research Memo

Designing a New Anti-Money Laundering System

Chip Poncy, Juan Zarate

Over the past 15 years, concerns over the dangerous and corrosive impact of illicit financing have shaped core national security strategies and underscored the importance of defending the integrity of the financial system. more...

14th September 2016 – Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

U.S. expert sees gaps in halting terror financing, advises a crackdown

Juan Zarate

The Obama administration has dented the Islamic State’s money-making operations with airstrikes against the terror group’s oil-smuggling empire and blacklisting its known financial facilitators from the international banking system. more...

12th May 2016 – Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

U.S. Stopped Blacklisting Domestic Terror Charities Under Obama

Jonathan Schanzer, Juan Zarate

The last time the federal government designated a U.S. charity as a front for terrorist fundraising, President Barack Obama had been in office for less than a month and Osama bin Laden was still at large. more...