2015 Plenary 8: Financing Terror: Selling Drugs, Enslaving Women, Making Money

The final plenary of the Forum examined the criminal activity that is bankrolling global terror activity. From oil exports, the drug trade, prostitution and human trafficking, right down to a mundane ATM cash withdrawal from compromised banking systems in the Middle East – it seems there is no end to the list of revenue generators for terror networks. The panel discussed ways to overcome the roadblocks to prosecution of these crimes, which are complicated by complicit allies, “informal economies”, and a lack of support for domestic law enforcement. Panelists finished with a call for renewed cooperation among nations to disrupt a dangerously diverse and sophisticated web of criminal enterprise. Halifax International Security Forum President Peter Van Praagh came on stage to conclude the 2015 Forum by thanking all speakers, participants and sponsors.