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Conversations: Peter Piatetsky, Castellum.AI

Course Duration: 25 minutes
Course Points: 
25

On Fridays with Fintelekt today, hear from Peter Piatetsky, Co-Founder and CEO, Castellum.AI as he provides his expert comments and analysis on the global sanctions regime, with host Shirish Pathak, Managing Director, Fintelekt.

Peter has had a stint supporting US military operations and then with the US Treasury as senior policy advisory for Iran. His experience on the challenges in accessing data on sanctions led him to found Castellum.AI with the mission of building a ‘google’ for compliance, an easy to access online platform at an affordable price point so that anyone globally can find compliance data.

Sanctions have evolved over the years from the level of countries to individuals to sectors. They been used for a variety of reasons from political to counter-terrorism, law enforcement, corruption and human rights. Peter believes that sanctions can be used as a very successful tool if there is a specific goal. The broader that goal, the more difficult it is to achieve via sanctions.

Within the conversation, Peter takes us through many interesting insights on the US sanctions against Turkey, the current situation in Afghanistan, and the US-China conflict following the Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law. He also speaks about his research on human rights violations caused due to sanctions.

For all of this and more, tune in to the entire episode!

Conversations: Jessica Davis, Insight Threat Intelligence

Course Duration: 36 minutes
Course Points: 35

Fridays with Fintelekt today features Jessica Davis, President, Insight Threat Intelligence, an expert on terrorist and illicit financing, with host Shirish Pathak, Managing Director, Fintelekt Advisory Services.

Jessica explains the implications of the complex situation in Afghanistan, and the likely evolution of Al Qaeda, ISIL-KP, their own strategic objectives and their relationship with the Taliban in the region. All of these groups are drawing resources from Afghanistan, but counter terrorism financing (CTF) options with the global community are fairly limited, especially without any CTF forces on the ground. 

On CTF methods in general, Jessica strongly believes that all of the current measures have negative externalities, and that as a CTF community, some of the human rights or financial implications of CTF measures may have been glossed over. There is a need for the AML/CFT community to take a long hard look at regulations and recommendations and ensure that they are tied directly to observable and prevalent terror financing mechanisms.

Jessica is the author of the highly rated book Women in Modern Terrorism (2017) and is slated to publish another one Illicit Money: Financing Terrorism in the 21st Century in September 2021. In the conversation, she also speaks about the motivation behind her research and the various perspectives she has explored in her books. 

Visit the website of Insight Threat Intelligence https://www.insightthreatintel.com/ for more insights and analysis around Jessica’s work and the books she has authored.

Expert Speak: Nesar Ahmad Yosufzai, Central Bank of Afghanistan

Course Duration: 28 minutes
Course Points: 25

Nesar Ahmad Yosufzai, Director General, Bank Supervision Department, Central Bank of Afghanistan speaks about The Progress of the AML/CFT Regime in Afghanistan in this presentation from Fintelekt’s South Asia AML/CFT 10th Annual Summit 2020 held virtually from December 7-9, 2020.

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