National Security Harms: Third Party Litigation Funding Corrodes the Integrity of Rules-Based Trade, the Rule of Law, the Justice Sector, and Open Markets

Remarks and Statement by David M. Luna, Chair of Anti-Illicit Trade Expert Group (AITEG), Business at OECD; and Executive Director, International Coalition Against Illicit Economies (ICAIE) The reality today in a more complex, dangerous world, is that we are losing market share to criminals, terrorists, illicit threat networks, and their enablers who use the profits…

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ICAIE Keynote Address at The Pentagon: Getting Ahead of the Game in a new Multi-Polar World across Today’s Spectrum of Threats, Converging Ecosystems of Criminality, and Hybrid (Irregular) Warfare

On May 8, 2024 ICAIE Executive Director, David M. Luna gave a keynote address at The Pentagon as part of the POM review and conference of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on countering drug trafficking, illicit threat networks, and threat convergence vectors. The program was chaired by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for…

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Illicit Trade is Emerging as a Top 5 World Economy (GDP) in 2024: Yielding Criminals, Bad Actors, and Threat Networks Between $3-5 Trillion a Year in Illicit Wealth

Across today’s global threat landscapes, criminals, bad actors, illicit networks, and their corrupt enablers exploit vulnerabilities across borders, international trading system, supply chains, retail and e-commerce marketplaces for illicit enrichment, and to diversify, and expand their criminal portfolios and ecosystems of criminality. Lucrative criminal activities enable and fuel multitrillion-dollar illicit economies include the smuggling and…

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ICAIE New Report on How Iran’s Threat and Illicit Networks Finance Chaos and Malign Influence to Destabilize U.S. Interests in the Americas and Globally

WASHINGTON, February 12, 2024 – Today, the International Coalition Against Illicit Economies (ICAIE), a national security non-governmental organization based in Washington, DC, released a new report entitled, “How Iran’s Threat and Illicit Networks Finance Chaos and Malign Influence to Destabilize U.S. Interests in the Americas and Globally“, co-authored by Douglas Farah and David M. Luna. The New ICAIE policy brief…

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ICAIE Issues New Policy Brief on The Growing Harms of Cross-Border Illicit Trade Vectors and Threat Convergence to Canada’s National Security: Urgent Attention and Action are Needed 

WASHINGTON, DC, USA November 27, 2023: Today, the International Coalition Against Illicit Economies (ICAIE), a national security non-governmental organization based in Washington, DC, released a new report entitled, “The Growing Harms of Cross-Border Illicit Trade Vectors and Threat Convergence to Canada’s National Security“, co-authored by Calvin Chrustie and David M. Luna. The ICAIE policy brief and recommendations…

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Advancing Public-Private Partnerships: Countering Illicit Economies and Crime Convergence – Spotlighting the Victims of Illicit Trade

In the coming months through numerous initiatives, projects, conferences, media interviews, and strategic communications, ICAIE will be advancing public-private partnerships to counter illicit economies and crime convergence, and bringing greater attention to the victims of illicit trade and related harms. Illicit economies are not harmless and can have tremendous human, economic, societal and security costs…

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ICAIE Senior Advisor’s Op-Ed in the Miami Herald: Ecuador at Center of Latin America’s slide into Authoritarianism and Violence

Ecuador at the center of Latin America’s slide into authoritarianism and violence Find a new op-ed by ICAIE Senior Advisor Doug Farah in the Miami Herald, 21 August 2023.  Ecuador will not be the only democratic U.S. ally to become a criminalized state and fall prey to the authoritarian wave crushing the Americas. This is exacerbated…

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Unraveling China’s Impact: Exploring Taxation, Illicit Trade, and the Nicotine Market in theUnited States (Harms to U.S. National Security)

Prepared ICAIE Statement at Briefing for U.S. Congressional StaffBi-Partisan Tax and Trade Staff Association (Ways and Means Committee)Select Committee on ChinaAppropriations CommitteeForeign Affairs CommitteeHomeland Security Committee David M. LunaExecutive Director, International Coalition Against Illicit Economies (ICAIE)Rayburn House Office BuildingWashington, DC25 July 2023 Over the years, in both my US government and private sector capacities, I…

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ICAIE New Policy Brief – Mobile Payments and Mirror Swaps: Money Laundering Threats That Are Getting Worse (July 2023)

This ICAIE policy brief will summarize mobile payments (M-payments) evolution as a money laundering methodology. The initial focus will be on the use and growth of M-payments and resultant money laundering in the developing world. The policy brief will then describe the Black Market Peso Exchange (BMPE) and the introduction of mirror swaps or the…

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