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The other War on Terror revealed: global governmentality and the Financial Action Task Force's campaign against terrorist financing

Heng, Yee-Kuang and McDonagh, Kenneth (2008) The other War on Terror revealed: global governmentality and the Financial Action Task Force's campaign against terrorist financing. Review of International Studies, 34 (3). pp. 553-573. ISSN 0260-2105

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Abstract. Despite initial fanfare surrounding its launch in the White House Rose Garden, the War on Terrorist Finances (WOTF) has thus far languished as a sideshow, in the shadows of military campaigns against terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq. This neglect is unfortunate, for the WOTF reflects the other multilateral cooperative dimension of the US-led ‘war on terror’, quite contrary to conventional sweeping accusations of American unilateralism. Yet the existing academic literature has been confined mostly to niche specialist journals dedicated to technical, legalistic and financial regulatory aspects of the WOTF. Using the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) as a case study, this article seeks to steer discussions on the WOTF onto a broader theoretical IR perspective. Building upon emerging academic works that extend Foucauldian ideas of governmentality to the global level, we examine the interwoven overlapping national, regional and global regulatory practices emerging against terrorist financing, and the implications for notions of government, regulation and sovereignty.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Additional Information:kenneth.mcdonagh at
Subjects:Social Sciences > Globalization
Social Sciences > International relations
Social Sciences > Terrorism
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for International Studies (CIS)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
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Copyright Information:© Copyright British International Studies Association 2008
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:605
Deposited On:24 Sep 2008 11:00 by Kenneth McDonagh. Last Modified 01 Jun 2009 04:02

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