General / In the Middle East

Crisis in Turkey: A case of “Endemic Corruption”

Since the summer of 2013, Turkey’s masses have been enthralled in on-going protests against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his administration’s growing authoritarian policies and practices. With Erdoğan responding much like Syria’s Assad regime through police brutality against protestors and media censorship, anger and outrage have spread quickly throughout Turkey as well as the … Continue reading »

In the Middle East

Babak Zanjani: Who’s Afraid of The Economic Basij?

The first few months of 2014 have been tumultuous for Turkey’s government and its citizens. After over a year of monitoring and case-building, the Ankara Police Department’s Crime Bureau for Anti-smuggling and Organized Crime arrested dozens of government officials and businessmen in one of the most widespread corruption and bribery operations in Turkey’s recent history. … Continue reading »

ACFCS Conference

Threat Finance?

During a panel session at the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialist (ACFCS) Conference and Exhibition, panelists like Chief of Counter Threat Finance for the U.S. Special Ops Command, Jim Bischoff, explained that just as national security threats continue to evolve at a rapid rate, the financing of these threats involves requires much more than … Continue reading »

ACFCS Conference

AML and the New World Order

As technology continues to advance rapidly and new, innovative forms of currency such as Bitcoin arise, the landscape of counter threat finance and anti-money laundering is constantly changing to meet new demands. During a conference panel on anti-money laundering in the new world order, hosted by the Association for Certified Financial Crimes Specialists (ACFCS), senior … Continue reading »