Terrorist Financing and State Response

Terrorist Financing and State Response

This course was last updated June 2011

This course examines exactly how far we have come in our understanding of the ways in which terrorists raise, store, and transfer funds.  It also evaluates challenges facing the U.S. government and international community in responding to this problem. In each module, we use a mix of official reports, academic papers, and other works to explore the subject and identify problems with the received wisdom about terrorist financing.

Our goal is to develop the knowledge to critically assess claims about terrorist financing and the tools to think seriously about how to combat it.  Developing an understanding of how tenuous knowledge about this subject is will make us better consumers of policy recommendations and intelligence reports. More importantly, it will make us better producers of government policy.


Jacob Shapiro

Course Developer: Dr. Jacob N. Shapiro is Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and co-directs the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, a multi-university consortium that compiles and analyzes micro-level conflict data and other information on politically motivated violence in nine countries. His active research projects study political violence, economic and political development, and security policy. He is author of The Terrorist's Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations and co-author of Foundations of the Islamic State: Management, Money, and Terror in Iraq. His research has been published in a broad range of academic and policy journals, as well as a number of edited volumes.