The Fight Against Money Laundering in Latvia and Sweden
The common denominator in all transnational criminal activities is money laundering, the process by which the proceeds of illegal activities are converted into means for legal investments. The fight against money laundering means combating large scale crime. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimate that shadow transactions amounted to between US$6.5 trillion and US$9 trillion, equaling 20-25% of total global GDP. On the other hand, the United Nations International Drug Control Program (UNDCP) assesses the annual turnover from the entire criminal market to be around US$1500 billion. This Policy Brief summarizes the proceedings of the Workshop on Money Laundering organized by the Institute for Security and Development Policy, and the Riga Stradins University, Latvia, held May 28, 2010.
The G7’s oil price cap is a perilous gamble
Introduction: Right before Russia’s Gazprom completely stifled gas flows through the Nord Stream I pipeline, G7 leaders had agreed in early September to implement a price cap on Russian energy […]
EU-Taiwan Semiconductor Cooperation: Lopsided Priorities?
Abstract: The European Union (EU) seeks de facto closer cooperation on chip production with Taiwan. This was underlined during Foreign Minister Joseph Wu’s Europe Tour in 2021 and by a […]
Compatible Interests? The EU and China’s Belt and Road Initiative
Executive Summary While China and the European Union are at opposite ends of the Eurasian continent, booming trade, along with China’s rise as a global power, has made their relationship […]
Snapshot of the U.S.-China Trade War
Summary • The U.S.-China Trade War is the culmination of a longstanding trade friction. Washington cites unfair Chinese trade practices and intellectual property violations, allegations that Beijing has challenged. • […]
Introduction: マドリードNATO首脳会議における結論を踏まえて、7月5日、加盟30ヵ国はスウェーデンとフィンランドの加盟議定書に署名を行った。これで政治的、軍事的、法的に加盟基準が満たされることが認められ、両国のNATO加盟への道が正式に開かれることになった。ウラジーミル・プーチン・ロシア大統領は、ウクライナがNATO加盟を果たすことで西側同盟線が自国に近づくことを嫌って侵略戦争に訴えた筈だが、結果的には両国の加盟によって北欧諸国が全てNATO加盟国となり、その同盟線はバルト海を中心に据える形で自国により接近し、バルチック艦隊を擁する自国領カリーニングラードも包囲されるという思わぬ結果を招くことになった。 You can read the full article (in Japanese) about Sweden and NATO on KaFSA’s website.
Russian Foreign Policy under Putin: What Does it Mean for India?
Abstract: The special and privileged strategic partnership between India and Russia has been under renewed scrutiny since the latter launched an invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. New Delhi has […]