Treasury's War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare

Treasury's War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare

by Juan Zarate

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Finalist for the 2015 William E. Colby Award

For more than a decade, America has been waging a new kind of war against the financial networks of rogue regimes, proliferators, terrorist groups, and criminal syndicates. Juan Zarate, a chief architect of modern financial warfare and a former senior Treasury and White House official, pulls back the curtain on this shadowy world. In this gripping story, he explains in unprecedented detail how a small, dedicated group of officials redefined the Treasury's role and used its unique powers, relationships, and reputation to apply financial pressure against America's enemies.

This group unleashed a new brand of financial power-one that leveraged the private sector and banks directly to isolate rogues from the international financial system. By harnessing the forces of globalization and the centrality of the American market and dollar, Treasury developed a new way of undermining America's foes. Treasury and its tools soon became, and remain, critical in the most vital geopolitical challenges facing the United States, including terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and the regimes in Iran, North Korea, and Syria.

This book is the definitive account, by an unparalleled expert, of how financial warfare has taken pride of place in American foreign policy and how America's competitors and enemies are now learning to use this type of power themselves. This is the unique story of the United States' financial war campaigns and the contours and uses of financial power, and of the warfare to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610394642
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 556,597
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Juan C. Zarate is the Chairman and Co-Founder of The Financial Integrity Network, the Chairman of the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance, and the senior national security analyst for NBC News/MSNBC. He is also a visiting lecturer on law at Harvard Law School; sits on various boards, including for the Vatican's Financial Information Authority; and is a senior advisor to a variety of national security think tanks. Prior to that, he served as the deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for combating terrorism, and the first ever assistant secretary of the Treasury for terrorist financing and financial crimes. He appears frequently on NBC News and MSNBC programs, PBS's NewsHour, NPR, and other outlets, and has written for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Financial Times, and more. He and his family live in Alexandria, Virginia. Follow him on Twitter: @JCZarate1

Table of Contents

Prologue: "The Hidden War" ix

Introduction: The Modern Megarian Decree 1

Part I Foundation

1 A New Kind of War 15

2 Financial Footprints 45

3 Nose Under the Tent 67

4 Financial Chokepoints 93

Part II A New Paradigm

5 Blowfish 127

6 Bad Banks 145

7 "The Mother of All Financial Investigations" 169

8 Resurrection 201

Part III Financial Furies

9 "Killing the Chicken to Scare the Monkeys" 219

10 The Awakening 239

11 Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle 249

12 Revelation 269

13 The Constriction Campaign 287

Part IV Adaptation

14 Dusting Off the Playbook 319

15 Learning Curve 357

16 The Coming Financial Wars 383

Epilogue: Lessons from the Use of Financial Power 423

Acknowledgments 433

Notes 439

Selected Bibliography 465

Index 473

Photo insert between pages 248-249.

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