Published by Palgrave
ISBN: 9780230291843

Understanding Terrorist Finance was recently rated as one of the world's top books on terrorism and counterterrorism.

Did you know...

  • Most counter terrorist financing law and policy has little or negligible impact on terrorist groups?
  • Terrorists interact with both legitimate and criminal businesses?
  • Wealth can actually lead militants to give up violence?
  • Targeting terrorist finances is a potent (and cost-effective) counterterrorism tool, but ONLY if done correctly.

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Learn more about Understanding Terrorist Finance and its contribution to both research and practice. 


Extensive experience designing and conducting qualitative field research in challenging environments, typically in collaboration with indigenous researchers and local communities.

Currently focused on the financial and socio-economic foundations of armed groups and traffickers in the Horn of Africa and Eastern Africa, and the implications for policy and action, with a particular emphasis on Somalia. Learn more...

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Dr. Timothy Wittig is an applied political and cultural economist focusing on illicit value chains, threat finance, and the socioeconomics of armed groups, especially in Africa.

He has held various research and faculty positions at Johns Hopkins University, National Defense University, the University of Amsterdam, and the University of St Andrews. 

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