Illicit Finance, Sanctions, and the New Digital Economy: The New Era of National Economic Security

  • 09 Sep 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Online


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Illicit Finance, Sanctions, and the New Digital Economy

The New Era of National Economic Security

The geo-economic landscape is changing dramatically with the rise of China, advent of the crypto-economy, and growing complexity of the international financial system. Illicit actors profit and take advantage of gaps in the system and new technologies, while the United States and allies grapple with new domains of conflict and strategies of national economic security. Sanctions, anti-money laundering, and investment security like CFIUS have now taken center stage internationally – presenting fundamental questions that have yet to be answered: How broadly and aggressively should such tools be used? How do we understand the risks to the financial and commercial system from state and non-state actors? What parts of the economy should now be considered part of our national security? Can our current systems, regulations, and models address the growing, complicated risks in the system?

Juan Zarate, chairman and co-founder of the Financial Integrity Network (FIN) and the Global Co-Managing Partner & Chief Strategy Officer of K2 Integrity will join PCFR to address this changing landscape and domain of conflict and present a framework for answering these questions.



FREE for PCFR Members

$10 for Non-Members


Thursday, September 9, 2021

12:00 pm-1:00 pm MST

3:00 pm-4:00 pm EDT


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The Honorable Juan C. Zarate

Chairman & Co-founder, Financial Integrity Network

Global Co-Managing Partner & Chief Strategy Officer, K2 Integrity

Juan Zarate is chairman and co-founder of the Financial Integrity Network (FIN) and the Global Co-Managing Partner & Chief Strategy Officer of K2 Integrity.

He is the chairman of the Center on Economic and Financial Power, senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a senior fellow at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center.

He is the senior national security analyst for NBC News/MSNBC. He was a visiting lecturer in law at the Harvard Law School for eight years and is a published author, including his books “Treasury’s War” (2013) and “Forging Democracy” (1994).

Mr. Zarate sits on the boards of various organizations, including Northwestern Mutual, Boston Dynamics, Cambridge Quantum Computing North America Holdings, and the Director’s Advisory Board for the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). Mr. Zarate has served for several years as an independent advisor to Coinbase. For over five years, Mr. Zarate sat on the board of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority, and for seven years, he was the U.S. advisor on HSBC’s Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee.

Mr. Zarate served as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser for combating terrorism from 2005 to 2009, where he was responsible for developing and implementing the U.S. counterterrorism strategy and policies related to transnational security threats. He was the first-ever Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for terrorist financing and financial crimes, where he led the expansion of the anti-money laundering and sanctions regimes, the innovative use of the Treasury’s national security–related powers, and the establishment of the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI).

Mr. Zarate is a former federal terrorism prosecutor prior to 9/11, and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and a cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School.

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