Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies

CFCS is a global authority on the intersection of finance and security. We strive towards a world where confronting financial crime becomes a collective responsibility.

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The Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS) delivers pioneering analysis and actionable ideas in the fight against financial crime. Our research equips the international community with the knowledge, tools and insights to understand, identify and disrupt the threats of illicit finance. We drive change through our partnership-based approach and viable solutions.

Since its creation in 2014, CFCS has become a central figure in the policymaking landscape, working with governments, law enforcement, the private sector and other members of civil society to tackle challenges in the world of illicit finance.

We analyse global illicit finance threats, including:

  • Money Laundering
  • Terrorist Financing
  • Proliferation Financing
  • Abuse of New Technologies
  • Illicit Financial Flows

We also look at the policy solutions to counter those threats:

  • Sanctions
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Information Sharing
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Capacity Building and Technical Assistance

We share our knowledge widely across the global anti-financial crime community, from high-level strategy sessions to publicly accessible research, podcasts and events. We are a forum of choice for thought leaders from both the public and private sectors.

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The Partnership Forum

Our partnership forum enables you to stay on the pulse of the latest policy and research developments, helping to inform your decision-making through unique insights, knowledge development and networking opportunities.

Research areas

Acess the key topic areas that the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies cover.

Anti-Money Laundering Policy
Illicit Trade, Trafficking, and Illicit Financial Flows
Proliferation Financing


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Suspicious Transaction Report Podcasts
Financial Crime Insights Podcasts

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