"Send lawyers, guns, and money. The shit has hit the fan.- Warren Zevon


Dr. Timothy Wittig

Assistant Professor of International Relations and director of the Center for Security and Sustainability at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Author, expert, and professional analyst of illicit finance, transnational organized crime, and international security, especially as it relates to the protection and conservation of the natural enviornment.  A 'thinker who does', with a mix of academic and real world professional background.

Previous academic / research posts: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, George C. Marshall Center, National Defense University, University of Amsterdam, University of St Andrews

Professional experience: Government, environmental NGO, expert consultant to private sector companies, mostly all relating to countering illicit/threat finance and trafficking issues and targeting transnational organized criminal networks. 

BOOK: Understanding Terrorist Finance
Published by Palgrave
ISBN: 9780230291843

Rated by peers as one of the best academic books on terrorism and counterterrorism, Understanding Terrorist Finance describes how terrorists interact with the everyday global economy and dispels several common myths about how terrorist movements support themselves. 

Learn more about the book and its contribution to research and practice here.


Did you know?

  • Most counter terrorist financing law and policy has little or negligible impact on terrorist groups.
  • Terrorists interact with not only criminal organizations but also legitimate - and often well known - businesses.
  • Wealth can actually lead militants to give up violence.
  • Counter terrorist financing (CTF) efforts are potent (and cost-effective) counterterrorism tools, but only if correctly designed and implemented.