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The 2014 Cyril Black International Book Forum to focus on Financial Warfare

The war being waged against the financial networks of rogue regimes, proliferators, terrorist groups, and criminal syndicates is the subject of this year's Cyril Black International Book Forum to be held at Princeton University at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in 219 Aaron Burr Hall. The forum features Juan Zarate, whose book, Treasury’s War:  The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare, was published in September 2013. Harold James, Claude and Lore Kelly Professor in European Studies and professor of history and international affairs, will serve as commentator.

The event,free and open to the public and presented by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, will be followed by a book signing and a public reception.

**Media who would like to attend should RSVP by February 11 to Carole Frantzen at or 609-258-7497.**

In this book, Zarate—who, along with a dedicated group of Treasury officials, designed and implemented this strategy and capability—takes readers behind the scenes to explain in unprecedented detail how this group redefined the Treasury's role, and used its unique powers, relationships, and reputation to apply financial pressure against America's enemies. This new brand of financial power leveraged the private sector and created an international financial environment in which the private sector's bottom line dovetailed directly with U.S. national security interests— with the goal of isolating rogues from the legitimate financial system.

Zarate is a senior adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the senior national security consultant and analyst for CBS News. He served as the deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for combating terrorism from 2005 to 2009. In this role, he was responsible for developing and overseeing the effective implementation of the U.S. government's counterterrorism strategy. He was also responsible for overseeing all policies related to transnational security threats, including counternarcotics, maritime security, hostages, international organized crime, money laundering, and critical energy infrastructure protection.

Prior to joining the National Security Council, Zarate served as the first assistant secretary of the treasury for terrorist financing and financial crimes, where he led the Treasury Department's domestic and international efforts to attack terrorist financing, build comprehensive anti-money-laundering systems, and expand the use of the department’s powers to advance national security interests. He also led the US government's global efforts to hunt for Saddam Hussein's assets, resulting in the return of over $3 billion of Iraqi assets from the U.S. and around the world.

The Cyril Black International Book Forum is held in honor of the late Cyril Black, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished Professor of History and International Affairs Emeritus at Princeton University. Black was the director of Princeton's Center of International Studies from 1968 to 1985 and a member of the University faculty for 50 years. Contact Carole Frantzen at or 609-258-7497 for more information.  

Books will be available for purchase at the event and are also available at Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau Street, Princeton NJ 08542.

Contact Carole Frantzen at or 609-258-7497 for more information.