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Police special forces stand next to illegal mining machinery in Peru’s Tambopata province Police special forces stand next to illegal mining machinery in Peru’s Tambopata province, April 1, 2019 (AP photo by Rodrigo Abd).

Why Stopping Environmental Crime Is a Matter of National Security

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Editor’s Note: Guest columnist Neil Bhatiya is filling in for Kimberly Ann Elliott this week.

Last week, the presidency of the Financial Action Task Force, the global intergovernmental standard-setter for combatting illicit financial threats, passed from China to Germany. The presidency of the FATF is an important platform for countries to highlight critical threats to the global financial system. Among Germany’s incoming priorities for its two-year term is a focus on the illicit financial flows behind many crimes related to the environment. Such a campaign is an overdue step to combat a lucrative but not widely understood criminal enterprise, one that has direct national security implications for the United States. ...

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