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March / April 2023
Hello everyone, and a special welcome to new subscribers and course members! Over the last two months we’ve grown by over 300 subscribers. It’s great to see people taking an interest in illicit financing and international security, and that they’re coming here for news and analysis. Here’s a short summary of what we’ve been up to here at Insight over the last two months. As always, don’t forget to subscribe and share this with your network!
Terrorist Financing Analysis Course
In late April, we finally launched our terrorist financing analysis course. I say finally because Lena and I have been working on it for months and months! It was a big push at the end, but we’re happy to finally be live and running our first cohort through. If you’re interested in learning more, you can check it out here:
Our international news & analysis covered a range of topics from ChatGPT (seriously) to ISIL finance networks. I was particularly pleased with the framework that I produced for countering the financing of violent far-right extremists. I released that publicly after my panel at the Global Security Forum. I’m also partial to the analysis (and graphics) in the al-Rawi network piece, in part because I’m hugely concerned about ISIL’s finance networks in Africa. It’s a bad scene, folks.
We had four specific Canada-focused pieces of analysis over the last two months, more than our usual! Some of this was driven by the federal budget and the release of Canada’s national inherent risk assessment, but some of it I attribute to Canada just generally getting more interested in financial crime and illicit financing (and how to counter it). The most popular post in March was my budget analysis — probably has something to do with the snarky title.
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