Over the past decade, America has been waging a new kind of war against the financial networks of rogue regimes, proliferators, terrorist groups, and criminal syndicates. In this book, Juan Zarate-who, along with a dedicated group of Treasury officials,designed and implemented this strategy and capability-takes readers behind the scenes to explain in unprecedented detail how this group redefined the Treasury's role, and used its unique powers, relationships, and reputation to apply financial pressure against America's enemies. This new brand of financial power leveraged the private sector and created an international financial environment in which the private sector's bottom line dovetailed directly with U.S. national security interests-with the goal of isolating rogues from the legitimate financial system. Treasury and its tools soon became critical in all the central geopolitical challenges facing the United States, including terrorism, proliferation, and regimes in North Korea, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Cuba, by an unparalleled authority on the subject.
Juan Carlos Zarate
Juan Zarate served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for combating terrorism from 2005 to 2009. In that role, he was responsible for developing and overseeing the effective implementation of the U.S. government's counterterrorism strategy. He was also responsible for overseeing all policies related to transnational security threats, including counternarcotics, maritime security, hostages, international organized crime, money laundering, and critical energy infrastructure protection.
Prior to joining the National Security Council, Mr. Zarate served at the Department of the Treasury, from 2001 to 2005. He was the first assistant secretary for terrorist financing and financial crimes, where he led the department's efforts to attack terrorist financing, build comprehensive anti-money laundering systems, and expand the use of the department's powers to advance national security interests. This included the development of a new brand of financial power that has been used to pressure North Korea, Iran, and other rogue actors. Mr. Zarate also led the U.S. government's global hunt for Saddam Hussein's assets, resulting in the return of over $3 billion of Iraqi assets.