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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...

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...

19th October 2017 – Quoted by Jonah Bennett - The Hill

CIA Director Confirms Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Commander Was In Kirkuk

Juan Zarate

CIA Director Mike Pompeo confirmed Thursday that a senior commander from the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps was present in Kirkuk as it was taken over by Iraqi troops, further indicating that Iran may have had some involvement in the seizure. more...

19th October 2017 – Quoted by Yonah Jeremy Bob - The Jerusalem Post

CIA Director: Iran Deal ‘Failed’ To Permanently Block Tehran’s Path To Nukes

Juan Zarate

The Iran nuclear deal failed to permanently cut off Iran's path to a nuclear weapon, as well as thwart its Middle East terror activities, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said at a conference Thursday. more...

17th August 2017 – Quoted by The Peninsula

Qatar partners with US firm to combat terror financing

Chip Poncy, Juan Zarate

Qatar’s National Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Committee (NAMLC) has engaged with the Financial Integrity Network (FIN), based in Washington DC, as its principal strategic adviser for enhancing Doha’s Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-terrorist Financing System (AML/CFT). The partnership will ensure that the country meets the heightened and evolving global standards and expectations for financial integrity. more...

7th August 2017 – Quoted by PBS Newshour

What Are Economic Sanctions?

Juan Zarate

For many foreign policymakers, economic sanctions have become the tool of choice to respond to major geopolitical challenges, from counterterrorism to conflict resolution. more...

7th August 2017 – Quoted by JD Supra

High-Profile Spanish Money Laundering Investigation of Chinese Bank Raises Questions

Juan Zarate

As widely reported, the Spanish police raided last year the Madrid offices of the Chinese state-run Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (“ICBC”), the world’s biggest bank by assets. more...

3rd August 2017 – Quoted by Alan Katz and Wenxin Fan - Bloomberg Markets

A Baccarat Binge Helped Launder the World’s Biggest Cyberheist

Juan Zarate

For someone supposed to be laundering millions of dollars in stolen funds, with investigators from three countries scrambling to track the money, Ding Zhize was a surprisingly unhurried man. more...

19th July 2017 – Quoted by Robert Windrem - NBC News

Trump-Putin Meeting Raises Red Flags for National Security Experts

Juan Zarate

President Donald Trump's just-disclosed hourlong meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G-20 summit — using a Kremlin translator, with no national security staff present — may have damaged U.S. interests, according to some national security experts. more...

7th July 2017 – Pete Williams, Robert Windrem and Tom Winter - NBC News

Feds Suspect Russians Behind Cyber-Attacks on Power Plants

Juan Zarate

Russia is suspected to be behind recent hacker intrusions at American power plants, including at least one nuclear facility, two U.S. officials told NBC News. more...

6th July 2017 – Quoted by Brett Wolf - Reuters

U.S. Treasury targets Chinese bank over purported ties to North Korea, new sanctions risk emerges

Juan Zarate

The U.S. Treasury Department last week moved to sever a Chinese bank from the global financial system over concerns it was a conduit for illicit North Korean financial activity. The move signaled the United States is no longer willing to tolerate the actions of Chinese entities that support Pyongyang and plans to mete out punishment in the form of financial sanctions to alter behavior, experts said. more...

6th July 2017 – Quoted by Brett Wolf - Reuters

U.S. Treasury targets Chinese bank over purported ties to North Korea, new sanctions risk emerges

Juan Zarate

The U.S. Treasury Department last week moved to sever a Chinese bank from the global financial system over concerns it was a conduit for illicit North Korean financial activity. The move signaled the United States is no longer willing to tolerate the actions of Chinese entities that support Pyongyang and plans to mete out punishment in the form of financial sanctions to alter behavior, experts said. more...

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...

12th May 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Report: During Obama Administration, U.S. Stopped Going After Terror-Supporting Charities

Jonathan Schanzer, Juan Zarate

Under the administration of President Barack Obama, the Treasury Department stopped blacklisting domestic charities that collect funds for terrorist organizations, Eli Lake of Bloomberg View reported on Thursday. more...

12th May 2016 – Quoted by Natalie Johnson - The Washington Free Beacon

Report: U.S. Under Obama Has Halted Battle Against Charities Funding Terrorism

Jonathan Schanzer, Juan Zarate

The United States under the Obama administration has halted the practice of blacklisting domestic organizations that pose as charities to raise money for terrorist groups. more...

27th August 2015 – The Washington Post

Using Financial Sticks to Control Iran

Juan Zarate, Chip Poncy

As Congress considers the Iranian nuclear deal, it should also prepare a strategy to use U.S. financial and economic power aggressively against a broad array of Iranian threats. If the deal is adopted, the risks from an enriched, emboldened Iran will only grow. These risks should not be accepted as an unavoidable cost of the deal. more...