Terrorist Financing
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Terrorist Financing

The Failure of Counter Measures

Nick Ridley

For over a decade international efforts by law enforcement, government and financial regulatory authorities have been deployed in combatting terrorist financing, in good faith and with dedication beyond reproach. This book surveys the methods of financing of numerous terrorist groups and organisations – including the Chinese and Asian dimension – and considers why ultimately international efforts to combat the financing of terror are failing. Nick Ridley expertly illustrates the scale of the problem by first outlining the strategies of anti terrorist financing, the pre and post 9/11 differences in scope and extent of terrorist attacks, the financial support and the national and international efforts to implement and carry out countermeasures. He then goes on to set out a detailed analysis of the apparent failure of such counter measures to date.
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Chapter 2: Terrorist groups, stood down but still financing?

Nick Ridley


This chapter serves as an overview of the main terrorist groups that were active in the latter two decades of the twentieth century and their methods of financing, but which are now less active and have disengaged from violence and armed conflict. International terrorism involves complex issues, so it would be oversimplistic to state that this is a historical overview of terrorist groups who have ceased activity. Nonetheless, they are less active, due to their officially engaging in peaceful dialogue, or having been defeated by the governments they were fighting, or having partially or fully achieved their objective(s). It is not an exhaustive coverage of all such terrorist groups – no overview could make such a claim – but it will be useful as background on both terrorist groups and the types of financing activities.

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