The illegal trade of everyday counterfeit products — a $400 billion a year industry — is a big chunk of what’s actually funding terrorist groups around the world, argues FPRI’s Vanessa Neumann in her new book Blood Profits. In this talk, Neumann will explain how purchasing illegal goods translates into supporting organized crime and terrorists — and what can be done about it.
Neumann, a senior fellow of FPRI specializing in the crime-terror nexus, is president of Asymmetrica, a consultancy on strategies for corporate clients and governments to dismantle illicit trade. She serves on the OECD’s Advisory Groupo for the Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade. She also holds fellowships at Yale University and Columbia University. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University.