In the News 2015

December 2015: TraCCC PhD. student, Andy Guth writes a chapter in the OECD report Illicit Trade: Converging Criminal Networks, on trends and patterns in human trafficking.

30 December, 2015: Dr. Shelley is interviewed by German website Taz.de about terror financing and networking. “Terroristen denken unternehmerisch

23 December, 2015: TraCCC grant award from the US government to conduct research into transnational organized crime in rhino poaching in South Africa is part of New York Times story on US investment in combating wildlife crime in South Africa. Read the story U.S. Pours Millions Into Fighting Poachers in South Africa.

17 December, 2015: Dr. Shelley is mentioned in article by Marketplace, on NPR, on UN Ministers’ meeting on fighting terrorism. Read the story “U.N. ministers vow to fight terror in historic move

9 December, 2015: Dr. Shelley is quoted in Politico on European networks involved in the recent terror attacks in Paris. Read the article “Germany fights terror with red tape

29 November, 2015: Dr. Shelley is quoted in New York Times story on how ISIS makes money from taxing and extorting payments from people living under its control. Read the story Predatory Islamic State Wrings Money From Those It Rules.

27 November, 2015: Louise Shelley authors op-ed for The Guardian on the role of the illicit cigarette trade in terror funding. Read the article How to beat Islamic State? Crack down on cigarette smuggling .

25 November 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley guests on podcast from French website TSFJazz.

23 November, 2015: Frankfurter Allgemeine of Germany, quotes Dr. Louise Shelley in a story on ISIS financing. Read the story Wie finanziert sich der IS? .

21 November, 2015: Italian publication InfoAut quotes Dr. Shelley and cites a corresponding January 6 article in Der Spiegel in its analysis of fighting the financing of terrorism. Read the story Isis e la guerra finanziaria.

20 November, 2015: Louise Shelley authors op-ed for the New York Times on varying funding and financial needs of ISIS in the Middle East versus it’s terrorist activities in the West. Read it ISIS’ Members Depend on Petty Crime to Function in Europe.

19 November, 2015: Dr. Shelley is quoted by Marketplace in story on terror funding and “following the money.” Listen to the story Tracking terror funding enters a new era.

19 November, 2015: French publication Le Figaro quotes Dr. Louise Shelley in story on the diversification of ISIS activity and funding. Read the story Pétrole, taxes, trafics d’humains: comment Daech se finance.

19 November, 2015: French language site for MSN.com picks up Le Figaro story on ISIS funding, quoting Dr. Shelley. Read the story here.

19 November, 2015: German publication, Zeit Online, quotes Dr. Shelley in its story about the business model of ISIS. Read the story Der Kalifat-Konzern.

19 November, 2015: France 24 news channel reruns interview with Louise Shelley on ISIS. The interview originally aired March 11. Watch Smuggling of oil ‘is only one of IS group’s illicit activities’.

17 November, 2015: German website new.de picks up story from Stern and quotes Dr. Shelley in, Wie der IS seine Machenschaften finanziert.

17 November, 2015: German publication Stern quotes Dr. Louise Shelley in story on ISIS funding. Read the story So verdient der Islamische Staat Milliarden.

17 November, 2015: Dr. Shelley is quoted in Italian website ADNKronos story on Islamic State finance structures. Read the story L’Isis si finanzia anche con il contrabbando di sigarette.

17 November, 2015: Askanews.com interviews Louise Shelley in story on role of cigarette smuggling in terror financing. Watch and read the story Dal contrabbando di sigarette alla pornografia, così si finanzia l’Is.

16 November, 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley is speaker at conference on the connection between trafficking and terrorism, held at the Parliament of Italy. Read about the event and listen to speeches here.

16 November, 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley is guest on Marketplace with David Brancaccio, to discuss ISIS funding and recent ISIS claimed attacks in Paris. Listen to the interview Interrupting funding to terrorist groups.

16 November, 2015: Italian website First Online quotes Louise Shelley in story on the role of illicit cigarettes in terror financing. Read the story here.

15 November, 2015: Belgian publication Tendances Trends interviewed Dr. Louise Shelley about ISIS funding. Read the interview Au sein de l’État islamique, l’argent l’emporte sur l’idéologie.

11 November, 2015: French publication Languedoc-Roussillon quotes Dr. Louise Shelley in story on impacts of environmental crime effects on climate. Read the story, in French, La criminalité environnementale” denoncée à Nîmes pour son impact direct sur le climat.

17 October, 2015: Wall Street Journal quotes Dr. Louise Shelley in story about a rare U.S. law suit on laundering money through real estate. Read the story Lawsuit Says Manhattan Real Estate Was Used to Launder Money.

7 October 2015:Dr. Louise Shelley presents at 8th Research Conference on Organised Crime, sponsored by the German Bundeskriminalamt. She presented “The Globalization of Russian Speaking Organized Crime.” Information about the conference series is here.

28 September 2015: NTDTV.com picks up Epoch Times article and quotes Dr. Louise Shelley on why human trafficking is so rampant. Read the article, in Chinese, 人口販運猖獗 受害者有家歸不得.

27 September 2015: Dr. Shelley is quoted in Epoch Times piece on human trafficking. Read the article, in Chinese, here.

25 September 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley presented on the nexus of human trafficking and terrorism at the annual meeting of Historians Against Slavery at the National National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Read about the program here.

15 September 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley presented the keynote address at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany, at their Senior Executive Seminar, on the links between crime, corruption, and terrorism. Read about the event here.

9 September 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley testifies before Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, as part of the House Committee on Financial Services. Read the press release. Read Dr. Shelley’s written testimony.

9 September 2015: Fox News Latino quotes Dr. Shelley’s book, Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective, in publication on trafficking in children in Central America. Read the article here.

3 September 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley is a panelist at the 16th Annual International Anticorruption Congress in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The panel was entitled, “Turning a Blind Eye: Combating Corruption Facilitating Wildlife Trafficking.” Read about the event here.

3 September 2015: Foreign Policy references TraCCC report from 2004 in story on corruption in education in the nation of Georgia. Read the article here.

27 August 2015: Norwegian publication Aftenposten quotes Dr. Louise Shelley in an article discussing the role of ISIS in the global market of illicit antiquities. Read the article, in Norwegian, År null i Palmyra.

1 August 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley authors chapter in newly published book: “Crime and Corruption,” in Putin’s Russia: Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain ed. Stephen K. Wegren, 6th ed. (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015), 193-213. Available for purchase here.

31 July 2015: Norwegian publication Aftenposten quotes Dr. Louise Shelley in an article discussing the politics vs. religion of ISIS’s reign of terror. Read the article, in Norwegian Kronikk: Mer politikk, mindre religion.

29 July 2015: Dr. Shelley presented “How Transnational Crime affects Human Trafficking,”  at the 2015 International Workshop on Strategies for Combating Human Trafficking in Taipei, Taiwan.

25 July 2015: Guatemalan publication El Economista quotes Dr. Louise Shelley in a discussion of the potential of corruption fighting methods in Honduras and El Salvador that mimic those in Guatemala. Read the article, in Spanish, Sube tono en Washington por corrupción en Centroamérica.

24 July 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley is quoted in an article in publication, La Prensa Grafica, of El Salvador, discussing the corruption fighting methods of Hondurus and El Salvador. Read the article, in Spanish here.

23 July 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley and TraCCC advised Ph.D.candidate Andy Guth are featured in episode of Ali Velshi “On Target” on Al Jazeera America network. Watch the highlights The Dark Web has become a black market Amazon.

21 July 2015: Dr. Shelley presented “How To Take A Country Back from Crime” at an event at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced and International Studies, co-hosted by the Washington Office on Latin America.

1 July 2015: Vietnamese publication, Soha News, quotes Dr. Louise Shelley in an article about the use of antiquities trafficking as a funding source for ISIS. Read the article, in Vietnamese, Hết tiền, phiến quân IS quyết định lên mạng “dọn nhà đỡ chật”.

26 June – 1 July 2015: Louise Shelley presented “The Relationship of Crime and Terrorism,” at the 2015 Forum for the International Society of Criminology, at the Zhejiang Police College, in Hangzhou, China.

29 June 2015: MSN News quotes Bloomberg story and Dr. Louise Shelley in story about the growing role of ISIS in the global antiquities market, and its use of antiquities as a funding source. Read the story here.

29 June 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley is quoted in Artnet News writing on the role of ISIS in the looting and selling of antiquities. Read the article here.

28 June 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley is quoted in Bloomberg Business article on the exploitation of antiquities by ISIS as part of a diversified business. Read the article here.

16 June 2015: International Business Times quotes Dr. Louise Shelley in article on the adaptive nature of funding of the Islamic State. Read the article here.

1 June 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley writes for American Legion Magazine on the roots of ISIS and the “whole-society” approach required to address it. Read the article here.

1 June 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley is interviewed by French publication, L’Opinion about terrorist funding. Read it in French here.

30 May 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley and TraCCC Senior Fellow on Transnational Crime, Gretchen Peters, are featured in episode of Earth Focus, entitled “Illicit Ivory.” Watch the episode here.

30 May 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley is featured on a web only episode of Earth Focus on illicit wildlife trade. View it here.

26 May 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley in interviewed by German language, Luxembourg publication, Tageblatt about the business model of ISIS. Read it in German here.

18 May 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley is featured speaker for Council of Former Federal Executives (COFFE) luncheon series. The talk focused on crime, corruption, and human trafficking.

6 May 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley was a panelist at the 45th International Peace Institute Vienna Seminar, titled The United Nations at 70. The panel was entitled “To Save Succeeding Generations”: Threats to International Peace and Security in the 21st Century.

International Peace Institute Vienna Seminar

30 April 2015: Mason News covers TraCCC Panel Presentation on Human Trafficking. Read about the event here.

28-29 April 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley co-chaired panels and spoke at the U.S. France Cooperative Futures Forum, Anticipating Threats and Risks, hosted at the U.S. Department of State.

27 April 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley is interviewed by German newspaper Saarbrücker Zeitung on the business of terrorists and their markets in the West. Read it in German here.

24 April 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley speaks at the Indiana University Governance and Management Research Speaker Series. The event was titled Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime and Terrorism and the Policy Implications.

24 April 2015: TraCCC PhD student, Andy Guth is quoted in Washington Post Fact Checker regarding methodologies for reporting human trafficking statistics. Read it here.

23 April 2015: TraCCC PhD recipient, Bilal Wahab co-authored a piece for Rudaw on the continuing effects of ISIS on the cultural heritage of Iraq and Syria. Read it here.

22 April 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley is named to the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows. Read the press release here. Read the New York Times story on the award here.

22 April 2015: TraCCC Senior Fellow for Transnational Crime authored an op-ed in Business Insider discussing sanctions as an option for crime syndicates engaged in wildlife crime. Read it here.

20 April 2015: TraCCC PhD student, Nazia Hussein authored an op-ed on urban battlegrounds for the International Relations and Security Network. Read it here.

15 April 2015: UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov referenced the terrorism “business model” coined in Dr. Shelley’s book, “Dirty Entanglements” during his speech at a panel for The UN Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons during the ongoing UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Read the local news report on the panel here.

14 April 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley served as a panelist at an ancillary meeting organized by the UNODC Civil Society Team together with the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, the UNCAC Coalition and the Government of Norway on the margins of the 13th UN Crime Congress. The panel discussed breaking the chain between corruption and organized crime in the post-2015 development agenda. Read the write-up here.

14 April 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley is mentioned in Al Jazeera reporting of the UN Congress of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Read the story here.

14 Apil 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley presents “Breaking the Chain between Corruption and Organised Crime in the Post-2015 Development Agenda” at the UN Congress of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, in Doha. View the summary here. Also available in French here.

11 April 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley is featured guest on the radio show “Frontlines of Freedom” to discuss today’s terrorism situation. The interview starts at minute 24, here.

April 2015: New article by Louise Shelley and Christina Bain, “Human Trafficking: Fighting the Illicit Economy with the Legitimate Economy,” is published in the peer reviewed journal Social Inclusion. Download the article here.

24 March 2015: The National Law Forum quotes Dr. Louise Shelley in a study of ISIS destruction of cultural heritage pieces. Read it here.

March 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley authors a book chapter called “Corruption and Youths Recruitment into Violent Extremism,” in the new book Countering Radicalisation and Violent Extremism Among Youth to Prevent Terrorism, eds. Marco Lombardi et. al. (Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2015), NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme, pp. 37-47. Buy the book, e-book, or e-chapters here.

Countering Radicalisation book cover

March 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley is special guest at the U.S. embassy in France to discuss her book, Dirty Entanglements.

18 March 2015: Moroccan newspaper L’Economiste references Dr. Louise Shelley in an article examining the threat of ISIS. Read it in French, here.

17 March 2015: Foreign Policy cites Dirty Entanglements as a driver of the conversation around the links between corruption and violent extremism. Read it here.

15 March 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley discusses ISIS funding with French publication L’OBS. Read in French, here.

13 March 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley is interviewed by French news channel, France24, in French, about diversified terrorist funding. Watch here, in French.

12 March 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley is featured on France24 show “The Interview” to discuss diverse sources of funding for ISIS. Watch here.

10 March 2015: The NewStatesman quotes Dr. Louise Shelley in its in depth analysis of ISIS and the role religion plays in the organization. Read it here.

9 March 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley’s talk at French University, Sciences Po is mentioned in the weekly strategic newsletter, TTU. Read it here in French, on page 6.

9 March 2015: Dr. Shelley takes part in Roundtable discussion in French co-organized by La Revue Civique, CEVIPOF, IPSE, and the US Embassy. Topic: Terrorisme, Crime organisé et Corruption: Faire face aux nouvelles menaces imbriquées. Hosted by CEVIPOF Political Research Center attached to Sciences Po. La Revue Civique Publication at the crossroads of debates, new ideas and experiences. It concerns individual and collective co-responsibility issues of NGOs, institutions, media and companies. IPSE Institut de recherche décentralisé

9 March 2015: The Financial Express of Bangladesh uses the work of Dr. Louise Shelley in a piece on the impact of transnational organized crime on the 21st Century, and South Asia. Read the article here.

9 March 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley gave a lecture in French at the law and political science program at the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre on Dirty Entanglements.

Louise Shelley at Université Paris Ouest Nanterre

7 March 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley is a guest on BBC radio 5 Live’s Up All Night to discuss new attacks on Libyan oil fields. Listen here.

5 March 2015: German publication DW quotes Dr. Louise Shelley in its analysis of ISIS funding and operations. Read in German here. It is also published in Portuguese here.

2 March 2015: Crisis Response Journal discusses the World Economic Forum report, “Hedging risk by combating human trafficking: Insights from the private sector,” co-authored by Louise Shelley, in its blog entry, ” Using technology and big data to disrupt trafficking.” Read the blog here.

March 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley is featured in 30minute podcast The Big Trade Series with Peter Pham. They discuss issues of convergence and the challenges posed for addressing crime and terrorism in the future, as well as specific examples like ISIS. Listen here. The episode, The Business of Terrorism is also available on Itunes here.

28 February 2015: Danish newspaper, Kristeligt-Dagblad mentions Dr. Shelley in its reporting on the money making methods of ISIS. Read it in Danish here.

26 February 2015: Deutche Welle interviewed Dr. Louise Shelley on ISIS funding on its television program. The interview was broadcast in more than 30 languages. Watch in English here.

25 February 2015: Louise Shelley addressed the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin “The Alliance between Terrorism, organized crime and corruption: How can financing and Recruitment be stopped.” Her co-panelist was Prof. Dr. Ulrich Sieber, the Director of the Max-Placnk Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg.

24 February 2015: German publication Heisen Online references Dr. Louise Shelley’s talk at the meeting of the European Police Congress in its coverage of the event. Read it in German here.

24 February 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley delivers keynote address to European Police Congress, held in Germany.

Dr. Shelley at EU police conference

23 February 2015: TraCCC scholar, Nazia Hussein is quoted in Harvard Political Review regarding crime and politics in Karachi, Pakistan. Read the article here.

18 February 2015: The World Economic Forum published a web article in conjunction with release of the 2014 Human Trafficking report. Article and report are co-authored by Dr. Louise Shelley. Read the article here.

18 February 2015: The World Economic Forum releases its report Hedging Risk by Combating Human Trafficking: Insights from the Private Sector, co-authored by Dr. Louise Shelley. Read the report here.

16 February 2015: BBC Radio’s 5Live interview Dr. Louise Shelley about ISIS in light of recent activity in Lybia. Listen here.

11 February 2015: Newsmax TV’s Midpoint features interview with Dr. Louise Shelley on the terrorist business model of ISIS. Watch the interview here.

10 February 2015: Great Decisions on PBS, as part of the Foreign Policy Association features Dr. Louise Shelley in this year’s episode on Modern Slavery. See the lineup here.

7 February 2015: New York Times cover story investigated dirty money in the real estate market of Manhattan, echoing multiple 2014 articles that Dr. Louise Shelley contributed to in The Nation and ICIJ. Also see her article on money laundering into real estate in Convergence.

5 February, 2015: Business Insider references a previous article by Dr. Louise Shelley in Foreign Affairs. Read the Business Insider here. Read Foreign Affairs here.

4 February 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley is quoted in publication by Transparency International entitled, “Tackle instability and terrorism by fighting corruption.” Read the article here.

January 2015: George Mason University School of Policy, Government and International Affairs ranks 10th among the 50 most innovative public service schools in the U.S., and TraCCC gets a mention in that ranking! See the list here.

28 January 2015: The Icelandic National Broadcasting System featured a story highlighting the TraCCC Human Trafficking Panel Presentation of January 22. Panelist, Detective Bill Woolf, of the Fairfax County Police Department Human Trafficking unit was interviewed for the story. Listen, in Icelandic and English between minutes 108 and 112 here.

25 January, 2015: Louise Shelley addressed the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin “The Alliance between Terrorism, organized crime and corruption: How can financing and Recruitment be stopped.” Her co-panelist was Prof. Dr. Ulrich Sieber, the Director of the Max-Placnk

23 January 2015: Louise Shelley’s work in human trafficking and transnational crime is mentioned in blog by Ambassador Adam Blackwell called “3 Key Steps to Stop Human Trafficking.” Read the blog here.

23 January 2015: Asahi Shimbun, the largest circulation newspaper in Japan, features an interview with Dr. Louise Shelley on hostage taking as a means of fundraising in the wake of the abduction of two Japanese nationals by the so-called Islamic State. The article, in Japanese, can be seen here.

22 January 2015: French weekly, L’Express includes comments from Dr. Louise Shelley on the diversification of terrorist funding. Read it in French here.

21 January 2015: Flemish language publication in the Netherlands, Knack, features an interview with Dr. Louise Shelley on fundraising practices of groups like ISIS. Read it in Flemish here. Read it in French here.

20 January 2015: Norwegian newspaper, Fredriksstad Blad, included input from Dr. Louise Shelley in its look at the role the illicit cigarette trade in Norway could play in terrorism funding. Read it in Norwegian here.

20 January 2015: Swiss Radio and Television, SRF, interviewed Dr. Louise Shelley on terrorism funding and its similarities with large companies and historical organized criminal groups like the mafia. Read the interview in German here. Read in English here.

20 January 2015: Thai news website, The World Today (โลกวันนี้), featured Dr. Shelley in writing about terrorist funding and how to address extremism. Read it, in Thai, here.

19 January 2015: C-SPAN has reaired the Oct. 22 Book TV presentation on “Dirty Entanglements.” Watch it here.

15 January 2015: Huffington Post Germany features Dr. Louise Shelley in article about terrorist funding. Read in English here, or the original German here.

15 January 2015: German magazine Bild features conversation with Dr. Louise Shelley on terrorist funding. Read in English here, or the original German here.

15 January 2015: Italian website Giornalettismo features analysis by Dr. Louise Shelley in its writing on the use of the trade in pornography as a funding source for ISIS. Read it in Italian here.

15 January 2015: In its January/February issue, Washington Monthly has included a book review of Dirty Engtanglemts: Corruption, Crime, and Terrorism. Read the review here.

13 January 2015: Dr. Shelley was interviewed by La Revue Civique. The interview can be read, in French, here.

13 January 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley is featured in the new issue of Le Point discussing the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. Read it in French here.

13 January 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley is interviewed by Romanian publication Adevarul in reference to terrorist funding. Read it in Romanian here.

12 January 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley was interviewed by Italian publication, Panorama, on terrorism, transnational crime and Jihidis in Europe. Read the interview, in Italian, here.

11 January 2015: Italian website Il Giornale included segments of a recent interview of Dr. Louise Shelley by Der Spiegel in its writings on ISIS funding channels. Read in Italian here.

11 January 2015: George Mason University and Louise Shelley are mentioned in analysis of “gangsterrorisme”. Read in French here.

10 January 2015: Vietnamese website Người Lao Động uses information from Dr. Louise Shelley in its analysis of terrorist attacks in Paris. Read in Vietnamese here.

9 January 2015: The Buenos Aires Herald includes quote from Dr. Louise Shelley in it’s analysis of terrorist attacks in Paris. Read it here.

7 January 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley and GMU are featured on Bloomberg TV addressing the terrorist attack on the headquarters of “Charlie Hebdo” in Paris. Watch the clip here.

5 January 2015: Famed German magazine, Der Spiegel interviewed Dr. Louise Shelley. Read in English here.

5 January 2015: Dr. Louise Shelley is featured in an interview with renowned publication, Der Spiegel. Read the article, in German here.