Countering the Financing of Terrorism by Thomas J. Biersteker, Sue E. Eckert

By Thomas J. Biersteker, Sue E. Eckert

Teams committing acts of terrorism have tailored their technique of financing to elude detection because the Sept. 11 assaults within the usa. Surveying the worldwide community’s multi-year attempt to chop off terrorist investment, this quantity deals a much-needed research of a posh, broadly mentioned, but poorly understood topic. whereas books on terrorism have touched upon the subject, this is often the 1st finished, balanced, and scholarly evaluation of terrorist financing, its tools, and efforts to counter it. Bringing jointly prime analysts of terrorism, diplomacy, international finance, legislation, and criminology, Countering the Financing of Terrorism offers a severe review of the foreign attempt to limit terrorist financing. It evaluates the prices and advantages and gives thoughts for more desirable guidelines for the longer term.

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The tendency toward selfpreservation is one of several possible distortions of objectives. ”61 Max Weber first observed the tendency for organizations to shift their mission from achieving their objectives to promoting their own survival. When spontaneous movements create bureaucratic structures, he argued, the organization’s ends are inevitably distorted, with the substitution of selfpreservation for the objectives it was formed to promote. James Q. Wilson argued a quarter century ago that “Organizations tend to persist.

Exhibiting a collective rationality, terrorists act in response to external stimuli, particularly actions by nationstates. 5 The expressive model, in contrast, assumes that terrorists are communicating with an audience – their supporters, the group itself, an enemy government, or a deity – but they are not primarily trying to alter the world outside the group. This focus on the internal dynamic of the group runs counter to the assumptions of the instrumental model. ”6 The expressive model allows for the possibility that some individuals enjoy violence for its own sake or enjoy belonging to a group that employs violence.

There are several advantages to the virtual-network organization from terrorists’ perspective. First, redundancy of functions makes the network maximally resilient to disruption. Second, the internet facilitates the creation of virtual communities among people who have trouble finding others interested in fighting their chosen “enemy,” whoever that enemy may be. Third, the internet allows people who have trouble cooperating with others to form cells without necessarily having to meet in person. Fourth, because communication among nodes in planning actual operations is minimal or nonexistent, it is harder for law enforcement personnel to disrupt attacks or penetrate the group.

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