In the News

This page lists recent appearances of TraCCC staff and researchers in print and video publications.

8 December 2017: Dr. Shelley has new piece in Nato Review Magazine, New security challenge: The growth of illicit trade and corruption.

26 October 2017: Quotes by Dr. Shelley in McClatchy are picked up by Daily Kos for their story, Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Sold Buildings to Mystery Buyers for Millions in Cash.

25 October 2017: Dr. Shelley is quoted on NPR’s Marketplace story, Mnuchin Heads to Middle East Focused on Disrupting Terrorist Financing.

25 October 2017: Louise Shelley is quote in McClactchy story, Trump Associate Cohen Sold Four NY Buildings for Cash to Mysterious Buyers, on money laundering into real estate.

24 October 2017: The website Crime Russia picked up Dr. Shelley’s quote from the Oct. 20 Miami Herald for its own story, Patriots of Russia choose Miami, laundering of Russian money into U.S. real estate.

20 October 2017: Dr. Shelley is quoted by the Miami Herald in the story, This Russian general fought the mob. Why does he own $38 million of Florida real estate?

16 October 2017: Louise Shelley is quoted by the Moscow Times in the article, Danske Bank Under Investigation for Russian Fraud on the Magnitsky case.

28 September 2017: Dr. Shelley spoke on Al Arabiya television concerning the relationship of illicit trade and terrorist financing

27 September 2017: Dr. Shelley spoke at the PMI Impact/Financial Times conference Combating Illicit Trade
Progress, Challenges and Collaborative Solutions in London. She spoke on the panel, Interlinks of Illicit Trade with Other Crimes”

26 September 2017: Dr. Shelley is quoted in ABC News story, “Special counsel probing flow of Russian-American money to Trump political funds

16 September 2017: Dr. Shelley’s recent Congressional Testimony is referenced in the article How Black-Market Tobacco Funds the World’s Bad Actors for Defense One.

11 September 2017: Dr. Shelley spoke at NATO’s Building Integrity Conference “Projecting Stability Through Good Governance and Defence Institution Building”. She spoke on her book, “Dirty Entanglements – Corruption, Crime and Terrorism”.

6 September 2017: Dr. Louise Shelley was interviewed for NPR’s All Things Considered, in its piece “New Details Emerge About Russians Who Met With Donald Trump Jr.

5 September 2017: Dr. Louise Shelley spoke at King’s College London’s conference “Understanding European Jihadists: Criminals, extremists or both?

4 September 2017: Dr. Mahmut Cengiz writes Entrenched Political Corruption Squelches New Crime-Fighting Model Designed to Combat Human Trafficking Operations in Turkey for the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime.

2 August 2017: Dr. Mahmut Cengiz wrote The Lessons from Pakistani and Turkish Presidential-level Corruption Probes for Vocal Europe.

21 July 2017: Dr. Shelley’s testimony before the Helsinki Commission is heavily quoted in “Black Market Cigarettes a ‘Significant Threat’ Funding Terrorism and Other Criminal Enterprises.”

19 July 2017: Dr. Shelley testified before the U.S. Helsinki Commission hearing entitled, A Hazy Crisis: Illicit Cigarette Smuggling In The OSCE Region. Video available HERE. Read her testimony HERE.

12 July 2017: Dr. Shelley is quoted in Asia Sentinel story Glamorous Russian Lawyer Tied to Deeper Scandals on the ties between Natalia Veselnitskaya, Donald Trump Jr., and a settled US Treasury case.

10 July 2017: Dr. Mahmut Cengiz writes “Why Turkey Failed To Rremove The Shadows On The Coup” for Vocal Europe, on the 1 year anniversary of the attempted coup in that country.

6 July 2017: Dr. Mahmut Cengiz writes “How Organized Crime and Terror are linked to Oil Smuggling along Turkey’s Borders” for the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime.

27-29 June 2017: Dr. Louise Shelley was a keynote speaker on the session “Transnational Threats–Current and Future Trends” at the 2017 Annual Security Review Conference of the OSCE in Vienna, entitled Strengthening Security Through Dialogue.

Louise Shelley at OSCE

30 May 2017: Dr. Shelley spoke to alumni at GMU Schar School of Policy and Government on Tuesday about her forthcoming book, the scaling of illicit trade, and its role in undermining global sustainability.

26May 2017: Louise Shelley is quoted in McClatchy article, Here’s why the feds are looking at Jared Kushner.

11 May 2017: Dr. Louise Shelley is quoted in article by India’s Business Standard entitled, Hope on GST to curb cigarette smuggling: Tobacco Institute of India

2 May 2017: Dr. Mahmut Cengiz has authored a new blog for the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime entitled, “How the crackdown in Turkey created a permissive environment for drug trafficking

April 2017: TraCCC Visiting Scholar, Dr. Mahmut Cengiz has authored a report Amped in Ankara: Drug trade and drug policy in Turkey from the 1950s through todayfor Brookings.

26 April, 2017: Louise Shelley addressed the Washington, D.C. Rotary Club on “Human Trafficking: A Comparison of Italy and the U.S.”

17 April, 2017: Louise Shelley spoke at “Investigative Reporting and Scrutiny over Trump-Russia Connections,” at the Columbia University School of Journalism

6-7 April, 2017: Dr. Shelley spoke on Security  vs. Illegal Networks and Trafficking at the Conference on Balkan Networks and Stability, Nato Defense College Foundation, Rome, Italy.

April 5, 2017: TraCCC Visiting Scholar, Dr. Mahmut Cengiz has authored the blog, “Turkey has a major drug problem—here’s how to get a handle on it,” for the Brookings, Order from Chaos blog.

29 March, 2017: McClatchy DC Bureau article, “Paul Manafort’s finances, alliance with Trump draw Treasury, Justice, FBI eyes,” quotes TraCCC director, Dr. Louise Shelley.

29 March, 2017: McClatchy article quoting Louise Shelley is picked up by the Miami Herald and the Rock Hill Herald.

28 March, 2017: Dr. Louise Shelley has authored a new article for ACAMS (Association of Certified Anti Money-laundering Specialists), on the site

24 March, 2017: TraCCC hosted a panel on Transnational Crime and Terrorism, including Dr. Louise Shelley, Dr. Desmond Arias, Dr. Mahmut Cengiz, and Dr. Sharon Melzer, at DHS 10th Anniversary Conference, held at George Mason University.

21 March, 2017: Dr. Shelley has authored “Dirty Entanglements on the New Silk Road: Drugs, Corruptions, and Crime in Central Asia” for the Reconnecting Asia section of the Center for Strategic & International Studies.

16 March, 2017: Harvard Political Review quotes Louise Shelley in its analysis, “Trafficking in Persons Report: 15 Years Later

1-3 March, 2017: Dr. Louise Shelley presented at high level talks on illicit trade at the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights in Sicily, Italy. Her talk was entitled Links Among different Forms of Illicit Trade

28 February, 2017: Louise Shelley was the keynote speaker at the 2nd annual Human Trafficking, University of Carolina-Pembroke

22 February, 2017: McClatchy article “Russia’s pension money for its veterans escapes scrutiny as it flows into U.S.” is picked up by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

21 February, 2017: Louise Shelley is quoted in McClatchy article, “Russia’s pension money for its veterans escapes scrutiny as it flows into US

15 February, 2017: Louise Shelley is cited by Miami Herald in “Russian diplomat under U.S. scrutiny in election meddling speaks“.

14 February, 2017: McClatchy DC Bureau quoted Dr. Shelley in, “Russian diplomat under U.S. scrutiny in election meddling speaks,”.

14 February, 2017: The Ledger-Enquirer ran the story “Russian diplomat under U.S. scrutiny in election meddling speaks,” that originated at McClatchy.

2 February, 2017: TraCCC visiting scholar, Mahmut Cengiz co-authors op-ed “Turkey’s Self-Destruction of Its Own Security” in Vocal Europe.

1 February, 2017: Dr. Shelley is mentioned in publicity of the upcoming Human trafficking conference scheduled at UNCP in the Richmond County Daily Journal.

8 December, 2016: TraCCC fellow Sharon Melzer is quoted in Virginia Public Radio story, Virginia to Crack Down on Black Market Cigarette Trade

1-4 December, 2016: Dr. Shelley spoke on 2 panels during the 17th annual International Anti-Corruption Conference of Transparency International in Panama City, Panama. Dec. 2 talk was entitled, “Greasing the Wheels: Understanding How Human Traffickers Exploit Corruption Networks: And What we Can Do about it,” and Dec, 3 was entitled, “Corruption, Security and Organized Crime,”

29 November, 2016: Dr. Louise Shelley was interviewed on broadcast of Skynews regarding that days attacks at Ohio State University and whether the act may represent online terror recruitment.

16 November, 2016: The Irish Times story Corporate raiding devastating Russian economy, seminar told covered Dr. Louise Shelley’s talk at Trinity College on corporate raiding in Russia.

12 November, 2016: Dr. Shelley is interviewed by Italian newspaper Il Mattino. The article, by Davide Cerbone, is “Terrorismo, micidiale l’isolamento ma il Congresso USA lo impendira,”

11 November, 2016: Louise Shelley spoke at the launch of the 4th volume of the Atlas of the Mafia in Caserta, Italy. You can read about it in the story Atlante delle Mafie: presentazione alla Biblioteca Diocesana di Caserta 

9-10 November, 2016: Dr. Shelley spoke at Dialoghi sulle Mafie, an annual conference in Naples on the mafia and new criminal trends.

8 November, 2016: Italian site Repubblica covers the annual conference on the Mafia in its story Dialoghi sulle Mafie a Napoli: proiezione di “Camorriste” e presentazione dell’Atlante delle Mafie where Dr. Shelley’s talk at the conference is mentioned.

November, 2016: Dr. Shelley authors a new book chapter “Crescenti legami tra criminali e terroristi:l’esperienza europea,” in Atlante delle mafie Storia, economia, società, cultura vol. 4, eds. Enzo Ciconte, Francesco Forgione and Isaia Sales , Soveria Mannelli: Rubbetino, 2016, 83-95.

31 October, 2016: French journal SÉCURITÉ GLOBALE published text of Louise Shelley’s May 12 report to Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, “Following the Money: Examining Current Terrorist Financing Trends and the Threat to the Homeland”

25 October, 2016: Dr. Shelley is quoted in Die Welt story Milliarden mit Zigaretten und Pillen on organized crime and terror funding through cigarettes.

16 October, 2016: TraCCC support PhD graduate Dr. Nazia Hussein and TraCCC affiliated faculty Dr. Desmond Arias co-authored a chapter in the new book The Handbook of Criminology and Terrorism entitled “Organized Crime and Terrorism.”

14 October, 2016: Dr. Shelley and Judy Deane are mentioned in the story, Tvrdá pravda o tom, jak se podniká v Rusku, about the economic challenges for Russian business,in the Czech publication Kurzy.

6-8 October, 2016: Dr. Shelley speaks at the Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking at College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She gave the keynote address entitled “Human Trafficking: The Historical Roots of Present Trends” and was part of the panel: The Role of Law in Using the Four P’s to Combat Human Trafficking: Prevention, Prosecution, Protection, Partnership

Fall 2016: Louise Shelley is interviewed for International Affairs Forum Fall 2016 edition. Read it on pages 32-36.

Fall 2016: Dr. Shelley writes review of Gangs of Russia: From the Streets to the Corridors of Power, by Svetlana Stephenson for Slavic Review Volume 75, issue 3, page 804.

22 September, 2016: TraCCC training program with Tanzanian wildlife conservation delegation is featured in press release from the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam.

19 September, 2016: Louise Shelley is mentioned in story on ISIS finance, Perché gli arabi finanziano gli islamisti? in the Italian edition of International Business Times

16 September, 2016: Dr. Shelley is quoted in CNSnews story Harvard Economist: US Should Phase-Out All Currency Larger Than $10 Bills on suggestion that phasing out cash could reduce money laundering.

15 September, 2016: Louise Shelley quoted in AskNews story Il contrabbando di sigarette finanzia il terrorismo dell’Isis on the use of cigarettes to fund ISIS.

9 September, 2016: Louise Shelley featured in story on the website of ACAMS

Summer 2016: TraCCC supported PhD graduate Dr. Nazia Hussein and TraCCC director Dr. Louise Shelley co-author  Karachi: Organized Crime in a Key Megacity for Connections: The Quarterly Journal volume 15, issue 3, pp. 5-15.

30 August, 2016: French website Jol Press features Louise Shelley in their story La contrebande financerait le terrorisme en Europe on the use of cigarettes to fund terrorism in Europe.

26 August, 2016: Research by TraCCC director Louise Shelley and deputy director Judy Deane mentioned in Financial Times Blog, The hard truth of doing business in Russia: it isn’t all about sanctions

24 August, 2016: Louise Shelley is featured on German TV channel ARD’s news magazine story Terror-Geld durch Zigarettenschmuggel und Produktpiraterie on terrorism funding. Watch between min. 6 and 8.

24 August, 2016: German ARD story is printed and broadcast by German news site BR24, Wie der illegale Handel den Terror finanziert.

24 August, 2016: German site Das Erste ran ARD story and broadcast featuring Dr. Shelley, Terror-Finanzierung: Wie Attentäter mit Wirtschaftskriminalität an Geld kommen

24 August, 2016: German site Tagesschau ran ARD story and broadcast featuring Dr. Shelley, Wie illegaler Handel den Terror finanziert

24 August, 2016: Austrian site Kurier reports on German ARD story featuring Louise Shelley in Wer Schmuggeltschick raucht, könnte Terroranschläge finanzieren

24 August, 2016: German TV news magazine Plusminus shares story on terror funding on Youtube

28 July, 2016: BBC Russian interviews Dr. Shelley on corporate raiding in Russia in, Доклад: размах рейдерства в России растет

16 September, 2016: Dr. Louise Shelley is quoted extensively in CSN News story, Harvard Economist: US Should Phase-Out All Currency Larger Than $10 Bills on the role of cash in illicit activity.

15 July, 2016: Dr. Louise Shelley speaks in London at the House of Lords on ‘The Rise of Reiderstvo: Implications for Russia and the West’.

23 June, 2016: Global Initiative shared video of presentation by Louise Shelley in Capetown.

17 June, 2016: French website Economie Martin quotes Louise Shelley in Paquet neutre à 10 euros : une aubaine pour les organisations terroristes? 

14 June, 2016: Website, The Globalist mentioned Louise Shelley in its story, National Governments: Corrupted Systematically?

9 June, 2016: Dr. Shelley is quoted in a Nikkei Asia Review story, Sanctions may squeeze North Korea’s counterfeit cigarette trade, on illicit and counterfeit tobacco trade from North Korea.

6 June, 2016: German website Deutschland Radiokultur in its story,  Ein Werbespruch gegen den Schwarzmarkt on the role of illicit cigarette sales in Europe and terror financing.

4 June, 2016: German news site Deutsche Welle quotes Dr. Shelley regarding self-financing nature of ISIS terrorists in Europe in its article, 390 Euro für einen Terroristen in Geldnot?

30 May, 2016: Africa Geographic covers Dr. Shelley’s talk in Capetown in its blog, What cigarettes, kidneys and rhinos have in common

30 May, 2016: Dr. Louise Shelley speaks at Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime in Capetown, South Africa on Emerging Trends in the Organized Crime/Crime Terror Nexus.

25 May, 2016: Rep. Christopher Smith (NJ) made remarks at the House of Representatives on the recent work on Louise Shelley and Judy Deane on Corporate Raiding in Russia.

24 May, 2016: Louise Shelley presents her talk, “Convergence of Illicit Actors and Flows” at the Regional Conference on Wildlife Trafficking, CSIR International Conventional Centre, Pretoria, South Africa.

19 May, 2016: The KCET/LinkTV episode of Earth Focus, “Illicit Ivory” that featured TraCCC’s Dr. Louise Shelley and Gretchen Peters Wins 2016 Excellence in New Communications Award for Innovation: Digital & Marketing Experience

16 May, 2016: Huffington Post writes about the work of Louise Shelley and Judy Deane on corporate raiding in Russia in the article “Corporate Raiding, Russian Style

12 May, 2016: Dr. Louise Shelley testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence.

12 May, 2016: Website Sputniknews writes about the testimony of Dr. Shelley before a House subcommittee on terror funding. The story is called, Daesh Activities in Europe Funded via Local Petty Crimes

12 May, 2016: Sputniknews further writes Terrorists Switch to Illicit Gold Trade From Drugs to Finance Activities about the testimony of Dr. Shelley to Congressional Committee.

9 May, 2016: Dr. Louise Shelley and Judy Deane author report Rise of Reiderstvo on corporate raiding in Russia.

April 28-29, 2016: Dr. Louise Shelley spoke at the Technology Against Crime International Conference in, Lyon, France on the topic of future trends in transnational crime. She also moderated a session on human trafficking and served on the scientific committee for the conference that was co-sponsored with Interpol and the French Ministry of Interior

21 April, 2016: Newly awarded Ph.D., Nazia Hussain was selected by United Nations University-Centre for Policy Research in Tokyo, Japan for a JSPS post-doc fellowships and will be stationed at UNU-CPR for the 2016-18 period. The fellowship is to promote her research on fragile states and organized crime

April 2016: Dr. Louise Shelley is awarded the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Residence Fellowship in Bellagio, Italy to write on her current book on illicit trade and its impact on sustainability

20 April, 2016: Dr. Louise Shelley’s book, Human Traffic and Transnational Crime: Eurasian and American Perspectives is quoted in HuffPost Impact Blog, “Sexual Assault—Tool of Power and Control in Sex Trafficking and Forced Labor

19 April, 2016: Dr. Louise Shelley spoke in Paris at the 2016 OECD Integrity Forum, Fighting the Hidden Tariff: Global Trade without Corruption. She spoke on a panel entitled “Exploiting Tragedy: Corruption and the Refugee Crisis”

12 April, 2016: Louise Shelley was the concluding speaker at the 16th Alliance against Trafficking in Persons Conference in Vienna, focused on forced criminality in human trafficking. Her talk was entitled, “Looking Forward: Recommendations for Policy and Research

8 April, 2016: Top Greek newspaper, To Vimo, quotes Louise Shelley in story on plans and perceptions in Europe of Terrorism. “Η Ευρώπη ψάχνει απαντήσεις απέναντι” by Irini Psychari

4 April 2016: Dr. Louise Shelley authors report, “Global Terrorism and Organised Crime” in International Reports Of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

April 2016: TraCCC PhD student Andy Guth co-authors chapter in 2016 OECD report, Illicit Trade: Converging Networks. The chapter begins on page 38 and is entitled, “Trafficking in Persons: Trends and Patterns.”

18 March, 2016: Asian Review quotes Dr. Shelley in its analysis of North Korea’s place in the global trade in illicit and counterfeit cigarettes. “North Korean counterfeit cigarette trade faces squeeze

18 March, 2016: Dr. Louise Shelley spoke at the 2nd “Diagohi sulle Mafie” conference in Naples, Italy.

17 March, 2016: Dr. Louise Shelley is mentioned in Norwegian publication Altaposten story on the role of cigarette smuggling in terror finance. “Koster dyrt for lokale forhandlere

17 March, 2016: Yahoo News Italian covers “Dialoghi sulle Mafie” in Naples, and Louise Shelley’s presentation at it. It also quotes her book, Dirty Entanglements. “Contrabbando e criminalità a base finanziamenti gruppi terroristici

15 March, 2016: Dr. Louise Shelley is mentioned in write up on 4 day conference in Naples, Italy, “Dialoghi sulle Mafie” on Italian website Corriere della Sera. “Le Quattro Giornate dei Dialoghi sulle mafie

25 February, 2016: Louise Shelley, with Christina Bain, write for digital platform, Brink, on the options for and scrutiny needed to eliminate forced labor from supply chains. “Slavery Infuses Supply Chains, Demanding Closer Scrutiny by Companies.

12 February, 2016: An interview with Dr. Shelley is featured in a new book for the German military on understanding modern terrorism. Wir sind schuld! is by Thomas Franke.

5 February, 2016: German website Online Focus mentions Dr. Louise Shelley’s work on terror financing in its analysis of the evolution of ISIS and the fight against it. “Von der Leyen: IS-Präsenz in Libyen verstärkt Druck

4 February, 2016: Canada’s CBCNews credits Louise Shelley and Dirty Entanglements for the new phrase used by Canadian Defence Minister to describe ISIS. “Criminal organization, religious extremists? Words matter when it comes to ISIS

2 February, 2016: Italian publication Il Lametino quoted Dr. Louise Shelley in a new article on the risk of terrorism in Italy as compared to its neighbors. This piece is a follow-on to a program that Dr. Louise Shelley spoke at, in November, at the Italian Parliament, focused on links between illicit trade and terrorism. Read it L’Italia nel mezzo della complessità islamica e della miseria in Africa

January 2016: Dr. Shelley writes “Terrorismus in Europa 2016,” in Sicher. Und Morgen? Sicherheitspolitische Jahresvorschau 2016 Vienna: Direktion für Sicherheitspolitik im BMLV, 2015, 118-120.

31 January, 2016: Dr. Shelley presented at “HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Get the Facts and Take Action!” hosted by the Northern Virginia Women’s Commissions. Other speakers included Elizabeth Scaife, Director of Training, Shared Hope International; Detective Bill Woolf, Fairfax County Police Department; Dr. Liz Payne, Fairfax County Public Schools; and Beth Saunders and  Jodi Ohern, Just Ask Trafficking Prevention Foundation. Read about the event here.

29 January, 2016: German publication writes about the need to attack terrorism through the financial systems, as follow-up to “Eurasia and Armed Radicalism” conference in Berlin. The article cites Dr. Shelley’s input and participation in the conference. “Experten: Kampf gegen IS-Terror muss stärker bei den Finanzquellen ansetzen

26-27 January, 2016: Dr. Shelley presented at the conference, ” Eurasia and Armed Radicalism,” organized by NATO Defense College Foundation and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), in Berlin, Germany. Read the agenda here.

25 January, 2016: Dr. Shelley is quoted in Money Laundering Bulletin article entitled, “Shaky foundations – real estate compliance.”  Login required for reading.

25 January, 2016: UK website, Financial Director, quotes Dr. Shelley, from Der Spiegel, in writing on the business model and financial structures of ISIS. “Corporate terror: how the Islamic State accounts for terrorism

13 January, 2016: Dr. Shelley spoke on “The Supply Chain and Human Trafficking,” at a session on Expanding the Scope of Resilience: Concerns about Human Trafficking and Hazardous Materials, as part of the Transportation Research Board, 95th Annual Meeting, Jan. 13, 2016, Washington, DC.