Defunding ISIS and Other Terrorists
November 30, 2016
About the speaker
Celina Realuyo is Professor of Practice at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense University where she focuses on U.S. national security, illicit networks, transnational organized crime, counterterrorism and threat finance issues.
From 2002-2006, Professor Realuyo served as the State Department Director of Counterterrorism Finance Programs in the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism in Washington, D.C. She managed a multi-million dollar foreign assistance program aimed at safeguarding financial systems against terrorist financing. Under her stewardship, the U.S. delivered training and technical assistance to over 20 countries across four continents (including Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iraq, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.)
Professor Realuyo holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, MA from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), BS from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and Certificate from l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, France. Professor Realuyo has taught at Georgetown, George Washington, and Joint Special Operations Universities. She has traveled to over 70 countries and speaks English, French, and Spanish fluently, and is conversant in Italian, German, Filipino, and Arabic.
She speaks regularly on “Managing U.S. National Security in 21st Century,” “The 3 R’s: Responding to Risk with Resourcefulness,” “Following the Money Trail to Combat Terrorism, Crime, and Corruption,” and “Combating the Convergence of Illicit Networks in an Age of Globalization.”
She previously spoke at Westminster on the subject of Combating Terrorist Financing And Illicit Networks.
Well, tonight it is a great, great pleasure for me to present our speaker, Celina Realuyo, who was a colleague at National Defense University with me, with Tom Blau, in this room, and it was a privilege to work with her in the counterterrorism fellows program. In fact, we once joint taught a course and Celina is still at National Defense University. She is professor of practice at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies and she focuses there on national security, illicit networks, transnational organized crime, counterterrorism and threat finance issues.
Celina brings both a background in finance in New York, an academic background in the deep government experience to these topics. She was the State Department Director of Counterterrorism Finance Programs in the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism in Washington. She managed a multi-million dollar foreign assistance program aimed at safeguarding financial systems against terrorist financing.
Celina’s background from Harvard Business School, MA Johns Hopkins, Bachelor of Science Georgetown University Foreign Service School, Certificate l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris. She’s taught at Georgetown, George Washington, at Joint Special Operations Universities, has traveled to more than 70 countries in her work, speaks French, Spanish, fluently, and can converse in Italian, German, Filipino, and Arabic. Those are just some highlights of her many accomplishments. And tonight she will be speaking on, “How to Defund ISIS and Other Terrorists.” Please join me in welcoming Celina Realuyo.
What I plan to do tonight – and leave ample time to questions for such a learned and inquisitive group from our cocktail session – time for questions. What we’ll take a look at is how this whole field of looking at threat financing, which is how threats are being funded has become now an integral part over the last ten years of all of our campaigns and it’s actually part of all the national strategies and we anticipate in the next administration it will be an important facet as opposed to just an accessory, which it had been prior to 9/11 and even in the years after 9/11.
How are we using financial intelligence to better understand our adversary and more importantly, how are we using financial instruments offensively, which you probably know as sanctions, and defensively, which is in terms of investment and providing opportunity, and more importantly, prosperity and security go hand in hand, so we’re trying to make it and actually establish discipline much more so.
So, if we can start and take a look more importantly at the world we’re living in. This is what the next administration is going to inherit. Everyone calls this my circle of doom. My students who are at George Washington University, they’re like she’s kind of the professor of the dark side of globalization. I don’t know if you know that there’s something called Rate My Professor that the students actually put in there about the pros and cons like she’s a tough grader, the one lately which is a bit disturbing, ‘she gets everyone a job at the CIA or FBI’, so I have for next semester a wait list of seventeen students trying to get into my class with very creative writing as to why they have to take my class.
But this is what we take a look at. And this is literally this question of state and non-state actors and we were just at a conference today at the Foreign Policy Initiative this morning at the Newseum where General Votel who is leading the efforts of Central Command against ISIL as well as the fight in Afghanistan and South Asia. Really now captures it as a trans regional threats and what he calls multidimensional domains, including cyber in that.
We’re going to focus particularly on the threat of both ISIL in Iraq and Syria but even more disturbingly is beyond and how it’s really all of these away games that we used to talk about how to contain are now no longer that. They actually are threats as we saw sadly with the attack, a terrorist attack at Ohio State University, which I will gladly say that’s what it was – are now actually coming and encroaching on our homeland.